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News Field Day and BBQ draws a crowd University clubs and organizations compete in annual Homecoming event on Thursday. PAGE 2

Arts PVA fall play schedule begins UNC’s performance of “The Waiting Room” will run in Norton Theater Oct. 4-6 and 9-13. PAGE 5

Sports Volleyball swept by Portland State The Bears were swept Thursday by the Big Skyleading Por tland State Vikings. PAGE 6 Fri:


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Jake Elvig (left), a junior theatre studies major and member of Delta Tau Delta, takes part in Bear Sync Thursday night in the University Center Ballrooms. The event was part of Homecoming Week and featured on campus clubs and organizations.



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Clubs, organizations participate in field games TESSA BYRNS The week’s Homecoming events continued Tuesday with field games and a barbeque on Bishop-Lehr Field. Residence halls,

Greek organizations and other campus groups were in attendance, hoping to add to their respective team’s homecoming spirit point totals. “I think this year is going to be great because we have interesting obstacles and good food,” said Kelsey Murray, University Program Council’s traditional events coordinator. “This is a great opportunity to show your school spirit while building strong friendships and the students’ community.” The first event was the flag contest, which involved the flags that represent each team throughout the events. The teams needed to incorporate their own

This is a great opportunity to show your school spirit while building strong friendships and the students’ community. SAMANTHA WYCKOFF | THE MIRROR

Members of Alpha Phi and Lamda Chi Alpha present their flag at Tuesday’s field games and barbeque on Bishop-Lehr Field, hosted by University Program Council. representation of this year’s wanted to show the other were still eager to compete theme, ‘Passport to UNC,’ students what we could do in the evening’s events. “Our group is smaller with the flag to win. The and get more involved with winner was the American Homecoming,” said Ashley compared to a lot of the Hilgeford, a senior bio- other groups, so it is diffiChemical Society. cult to compete in any of “Our club has never par- chemistry major. The group noted its lack the competitions and ticipated in anything before, so this year we of size, but the members events,” said Curtis Hill, a junior psychology major. Sean Johnson, an American Chemical Society member, was selfdeprecating in his analysis of the club’s physical potential in other events. “We’re all very unathletic, so that also makes it hard for us to compete,” said Johnson, a junior chemistry major. Students also said they loved the atmosphere of the event as different organizations from across campus interacted with


— Kelsey Murray, UPC traditional events coordinator.

each other and showcased their school spirit. “My favorite part of the event was the music and the energy of the fraternities,” said Elise Flores, a sophomore communication studies major. “It looks like they’re having so much fun and the camaraderie is awesome. If I could change anything about the event, though, it would have to be that there isn’t any swag or giveaways.” Homecoming Week concludes Saturday with a parade from 9-10 a.m. starting in front of Gunter Hall, the Homecoming football game at 1:35 p.m. at Nottingham Field and the Homecoming formal from 9 p.m. to midnight in the University Center Ballrooms.

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Romney’s performance good, nothing guaranteed yet Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gave the performance of his political career Wednesday at University of Denver in the first presidential debate. There is no doubt he appeared better prepared and held his own in what many classified a make-or-break event in the presidential race. He even came armed with ‘zingers’ — as his campaign suggested he would — including, “you’re entitled, Mr. President, as the president, to your own air-

plane and your own house, but not to your own facts.” However, this race is still President Obama’s to lose, because he still faces the possibility of waking up on Nov. 7 and seeing an electoral landslide, putting him in the White House for four more years. Obama still leads in Florida by 2 percent, Virginia by 3.5 percent and Ohio by an impressive 5.5 percent. There is a reason for the saying, “as goes Ohio, so goes the nation.” As Romney’s campaign

manager Matt Rhoades continues to orchestrate one of the most underachieving campaigns in recent memory, the debate may help bring back some GOP bigmoney donors who have cut their losses and abandoned the presidential race to start funding the Republican senators up for election and re-election. The Romney advisers and debate coaches will need to work overtime to try to convince the undecided American voters the former governor has a firm under-

standing of how to effectively navigate foreign policy. Romney was commendable for striking first and fast, but what his campaign may not realize is that the debate in no way decided the election. The swing states, in which Obama’s grassroots and groundwork efforts are unmatched, will determine this election and have the first couple celebrating the next four wedding anniversaries in the White House.

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Lack of environmental awareness startling, disappointing Michael NOWELS


uring the first couple of weeks of school, students try to get a read on who their professors are and what they believe in. It quickly became apparent to me that my biology professor, Rick Adams, was quite interested not only in biology, but also in how humans have affected it. Adams made some claims about our consumptive rate and its effects on the planet — most of which were far more dramatic than I had ever imagined. So I scheduled a visit to his office to learn about the science behind the statements, and his answers remained constant. Most of us — myself included — have thought primarily about vehi-

cles and emissions when discussing climate change. But that is at least partially driven by our concerns about gas prices, which are significantly lower here than in almost all other developed countries. Adams says there is much more going on with our effect on the planet than the single-occupancy SUVs we drive and that we are at roughly double Earth’s human carrying capacity. “The current model that we’re operating under — economically, industrially, ecologically — is completely unsustainable, and it’s so far past sustainability that, at this point, it’s going to require major shifts in what we are doing,” Adams said. Some of the suggestions Adams made about helping sustain the earth were simple ones — using recyclable materials, not buying so many clothes and keeping heat and air conditioning to a minimum. One of the bigger challenges he posed, though, was to become vegetarian. So for a week, I put my car

keys up, picked up all the litter I could and yes, even avoided all meat. For those who know me, it may be hard to imagine, but I felt I should get used to the diet if, as Adams and the science suggest, we will all need to be vegetarian in twenty years. The results were surprising. Yes, I had the urge to grab a burger once or twice, but physically, I felt better, even after workouts. I was glad to be doing something I knew was good for the welfare of our planet and its inhabitants. That being said, I am not planning on cutting meat from my diet entirely, but I will be restricting myself to eating animal flesh only two, maybe three, times each week. I challenge our university to find more ways to “go green.” Colorado State boasts that it is the greenest college in the nation. Why doesn’t UNC take that as a challenge, or at least inspiration?

I am in the kitchen at the University Center three times a week, and I see all the compostable food wasted. I’ve carried recyclables from class to class, unable to find an appropriate receptacle. Finally, I challenge all of us, as individuals, to be cognizant of the way we consume in our society and our own lives. There are scientific predictions that around 2030, we will reach the tipping point in our population and have an industrial collapse, dropping eventually back down to one billion people, extinguishing 50 percent of Earth’s biodiversity along the way. If you don’t choose to make the changes necessary, however small they may be, to take care of our planet, it’s quite literally your funeral, along with the rest of ours. So choose wisely, my friends. — Michael Nowels is a junior elementary education major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.


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Student Senate hosts presidential debate watch party KELLY RAGAN President Barack Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney went head to head in the first presidential debate of the election season Wednesday night, held

just more than an hour from UNC, at the University of Denver. As the debate began promptly at 7 p.m., University of Northern Colorado students gathered in the Aspen Suites of the University Center to attend a non-partisan watch party hosted by the Student Senate. Becca Hoy, the director of legislative affairs, organized the event. “I think it is a great way to help students get politically educated,” said Hoy, a junior mathematics major. “I think it was a pretty even match. Both had different tactics and both were equally coached in different ways, so it was pretty cool to watch.” The party provided chairs and a big screen displaying tweets throughout the debate. Jim Lehrer, the debate moderator, was tasked with navigating the candidates

through discussion on the economy, governing and the role of government. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, and President Obama displayed their plans about economic issues, especially taxes, as accusations flew back and forth. The issue was clearly a passionate one as they fought to get in the last word. The topics of the debate remained centered on economics, ranging from tax plans, Medicare and unemployment, among others. “I thought they were just kind of getting their feet in the water,” said Ben Fuller, Student Senate’s parliamentarian. “It wasn’t too confrontational. I think Obama did as well as he normally does, and Romney did better than everyone thought he would.” Obama stuck to his statement on building this economy from the middle


Students watch Wednesday’s presidential debate at the UC. class out and criticized his opponent for not including the logistics of his policies, and instead giving too broad a message. Obama declared that the American people deserve to know who his opponent’s plans would affect. “At some point the

American people have to ask themselves, ‘Is the reason Governor Romney is keeping all these plans secret, is it because they’re going to be too good? Because middle-class families benefit too much?’ No,” Obama said. Not only were there visi-

ble student reactions to what the candidates had to say, but lightning-fast Twitter responses rolled across the screen during the debate as well — including a Big Bird trend emerging after Romney’s remark on reducing subsidies. “I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS,” Romney said. “I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. Actually, I like [President Obama], too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.” Upcoming Debates Vice Presidential Debate: Thursday, October 11 Centre College, Danville, KY Second Presidential Debate (town meeting format) Tuesday, October 16 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY Third Presidential Debate: Monday, October 22 Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL

Homecoming dance, lip sync contest features ‘Gangnam Style’ TESSA BYRNS Four years after its inception, Bear Sync has become an anticipated Homecoming tradition at UNC. That was again the case Thursday night as spirit points were on the line for members of the university’s clubs and organizations. The University Center Ballrooms filled with Greek Life teams, residence hall representatives and campus groups, all ready to compete for spirit points. Each group showed off its school spirit by choreographing a routine to a popular

song or medley of songs while lip-syncing. “Bear Sync is definitely interesting and funny,” said Kelsey Murray, the University Program Council’s traditional events coordinator. “Seeing what the teams do and how they adapt to the UNC Homecoming theme, ‘Passport to UNC,’ is what is most fun about the event.” Bear Sync has been a popular homecoming event, anticipated by many students. Students often get involved to have fun with their community within their residence halls, sororities, fraternities, clubs and organizations. The songs chosen by

the groups include a range of popular to novelty to many Disney songs. “There were 15 acts,” said Kacie Thomas, UPC’s arts and entertainment coordinator. “They will be judged on

creativity, performance, their costume and their use of the Homecoming theme.” The competition was stiff, with a lot of well-synchronized choreography. Many groups used “California


Mariah Valenzuela, a theatre major and member of Alpha Omega Phi, performs Thursday night at Bear Sync.

Gurls” by Katy Perry and “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus, but “Gangnam Style” by Psy undoubtedly became the most popular song of the evening. “I think this event is so awesome, and all of the performances are really creative and hilarious to watch,” said Alexa Labozan, a senior elementary education major. “My favorite was Sigma Kappa and Pi Kappa Phi. I thought they were well put together. They had a great energy and they put excitement back into the audience. I love coming to events like these with friends I haven’t seen in a while.”

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Theater kicks off fall season Comedy duo jumps in after last-minute cancellation with ‘The Waiting Room’ ASHLEY MAFFUCCIO


UNC’s College of Performing and Visual Arts has long been known for its exquisite performances and consistency of accepting challenges in every area, including technical design in the plays it chooses to produce. This was evident last year in its fall production of Charles L. Mee’s “Big Love,” as well as in the spring production of Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” This fall, the show season begins with Lisa Loomer’s “The Waiting Room,” directed by Andrea Moon, the assistant professor head of Theatre Studies. “The Waiting Room” can be classified as a dark comedy that addresses both medical ethics and body image for women. “I was looking for a female playwright in particular, with some really juicy parts in it,” Moon said. “When I read this play, with the election coming up, particularly with women’s health in mind, I thought it apropos to produce it right now. It’s funny and fun and it inspires conversation. We have some very talented performers who have done a lot of work.” Junior acting major David San Miguel said he’s pleased with how well the cast has grown in the time leading up to the play.


UNC student Amber Cook acts during a rehearsal for “The Waiting Room.” The show will be playing in the Norton Theater Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 9-13. “What excites me most is working with an all new cast of people and just seeing how quickly we’ve all progressed together,” he said. “It is really cool.” The progression into production happened very quickly, with only four weeks from casting to opening night. Rehearsals were Monday-Friday from 7-11 p.m., which doesn’t even include the individual work that was put into the process. “I feel with these characters, you can so very easily play to the caricature of who these people are,” said Jenna Moll Reyes, a junior musical theatre major. “For

our cast, we started with finding the truth of the character first and then add on those wacky, funny layers on top. What truly makes it unique, though, is the context of the script and how it takes place in no specific time or environment. Because of this, it is able to touch base on many different issues and topics in such a short amount of time and really forces the audience to go on this journey with us.” “The Waiting Room” opened Thursday in Norton Theater, and more information about its showtimes can be found at

It’s Homecoming Week for UNC, and there is no better way to start off the week than with a good laugh. On Monday in the University Center Ballrooms, the University Program Council catered to students’ funny-bones with comedians Adam CaytonHolland and Andrew Orvedahl, known for their relatable hilarity, extreme connectedness with the audience and website The comedians livened up the crowd in the absence of previously scheduled comedian Helen Hong, as she was unable to attend. The evening proved successful with approximately 775 people in attendance. “Some things came up for Helen Hong, but tonight is going to be great,” UPC coordinator Ria Vigil said. “We’ve seen these guys before, and they’re wonderful.” The University Program Council’s next event will be Oct. 9 with a showing of the movie “Milk” at 7 p.m. in the Pikes Peak ballroom of the UC. UPC is also bringing back slam poetry Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Without any expectations, the Monday crowd fell head over heels for the two comedians who were able to make it. With raucous laughter in response to


Comedian Andrew Orvedahl gestures towards the crowd during his performance on Monday in the University Center Ballrooms. myriad jokes ranging from birds to the smells of Greeley, the audience appeared to enjoy the show. The night also included the introduction of the Homecoming court. “Being nominated for homecoming royalty feels pretty great,” senior communication studies major Steven Buchanan said. “The UNC community has impacted me so much. UPC always puts on great events. They’ve had a lot of good

people that always make me laugh.” The people in attendance had the opportunity to cheer on the king and queen nominees, catch free T-shirts and laugh wholeheartedly at the comedic styles of Orvedahl and Cayton-Holland. “I thought it was very funny and entertaining,” junior theater education major Kyle Mangels said. “It was worth fitting into my busy schedule.”

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Volleyball swept by Big Sky-leading Vikings STAFF REPORT

In a match of close games, the UNC volleyball team was on the losing end Thursday after a sweep on the road at the hands of Portland State (17-25, 17-25, 24-26). The last time the University of Northern Colorado (12-4, 5-2 Big Sky) was swept this season was Sept. 8 during the final match of the Northern Colorado Classic against Creighton. The Bears had the chance to tie the Vikings for the No. 1 spot in the conference, but Portland State

remained undefeated. Strong led the Bears The Bears were unable Thursday with 11 kills to translate the momen- and a .625 hitting pertum gained in a five-set centage, followed closely win (25-17, 18-25, 25-33, by sophomore middle 19-25, 15-10) blocker Andrea against North Spaustat with 10 Dakota (12-4, 5-2) kills. No other Monday into Bears player T h u r s d a y ’ s reached doublematch. digits in kills. UNC sophoPortland State more outside hithad three players ter Brianna achieve doubleTambre Haddock Strong led the digit kills, Bears against including senNorth Dakota with 10 kills ior outside hitter Megan in the match. Sophomore Ellis, who had the most in outside hitter Tambre the match with 14. Haddock had 17 digs Bears senior setter against UND, more than Marissa Hughes continany other player in the ued to contribute greatly match. to the Bears’ offense with

32 assists — the only Bear with an assist. The Bears were big at the net on defense, with six total blocks, compared to PSU’s two. Spaustat led UNC with six assisted blocks. No UNC player had a solo block. Junior middle blocker Alyssa Wilson and junior libero Merideth Johnson led the team with nine digs apiece, contributing to UNC’s 38 digs overall. The Bears will have a match on the road at 8 p.m. tonight at Eastern Washington before returning home for a match Oct. 11, when the team hosts Northern Arizona (13-3, 5-2).

Big Sky Conference Standings School



Portland State



11-7 0.611

Idaho State



12-4 0.750

Northern Arizona



13-3 0.812

Northern Colorado



12-4 0.750

Montana State



10-5 0.667

North Dakota




Southern Utah



8-10 0.444

Sacramento State



5-10 0.333

Weber State



7-11 0.389




3-13 0.188

E. Washington



0-18 0.000


Football looks to utilize bye for Homecoming game BEN WARWICK

Sometimes, a little break does a lot of good. The UNC football team is hoping that’s the case when it takes on Montana in front of a Homecoming crowd Saturday at Nottingham Field. The University of Montana (2-3, 0-2) is coming off a 32-26 loss to

Eastern Washington. Even with a rocky start to conference play, University of Northern Colorado head coach Earnest Collins Jr. said the experience of Montana’s older players is not to be overlooked, especially only a year after the Grizzlies made it to the Football C h a m p i o n s h i p Subdivision semifinals. “They have guys that

have been there and done that,” Collins said. “I hope that they’re off for another week, so that we can get ours going, but when you’ve got a coach like Mick Delaney, he’ll get them going, and we’ve just got to out-perform them and come out on top.” Montana will throw everything it can at UNC, including freshman quarterback Trent McKinney,

who’s averaged nearly 200 yards per game in the air in 2012 so far. UNC sophomore safety Kyle Griffin said the stats don’t faze him. Griffin got his first career start in the loss to Montana State two weeks ago and said that experience of playing up to the speed of the game will be invaluable in tomorrow’s game. “It’s such a different

game speed as opposed to practice,” Griffin said about starting. “You have to really focus in and keep your composure.” Collins said that a key to a successful game for the Bears will be for the players to stick to their assignments. “For us, it’s about assignment football,” Collins said. “The front seven have to take care of the quarterback and the

running back, and the back four have to take care of the four wideouts. It’s a tall task, but if we play assignment football, we can get it done.” Griffin has tallied 13 tackles this season and said outside effort is what will improve the Bears’ defense. “We have to take it

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FootballΩΩ from Page 6 upon ourselves to make this defense better,” Griffin said. “We just came out here and competed so much more. We all got better. We did extra stuff on our own, and really took it upon ourselves to just make this defense better.” Junior quarterback Seth Lobato said he believes the team has used the off week to learn from lessons offered before the bye week. “Just watching the film, we’re so close to breaking through,” Lobato said. “We just have to stay persistent with our game plan, and we’ll be fine as a team. We just have to come out from the start ready to go. We can’t let our defense stay out on the field as much as they were. That makes them tired, and frankly, you can’t win when we’re on the sidelines.” Because this week is Homecoming, there’s an

“We just want to keep getting shutouts and keep winning,” junior midfielder Tara This weekend, the UNC Rickenbach said. “We just soccer team’s place atop want to beat every team in the Big Sky.” the Big Sky will Rickenbach be tested on the missed a penalty kick road at Montana in last year’s semifinal and Eastern loss versus Montana, Washington. which went on to play The University Stanford in the first of Northern round of the NCAA Colorado (5-4-2, Tournament. 3-0 Big Sky) Natalie D’Adamio “We haven’t begins the weekend with a match today at really thought about it at all,” Montana (5-6-2, 1-2-1), the Rickenbach said of that loss. team that knocked the Bears “We just want to go in there out of last season’s Big Sky and whip them.” UNC has been exceptionConference Championship in al on defense when it comes the semifinals. “Were hoping to go in and to conference opponents, beat Montana and beat with senior goalkeeper Eastern to keep our momen- Natalie D’Adamio saving 83 tum going forward,” said sen- percent of shots aimed at her goal this conference season. ior midfielder JJ Wykstra. However, Eastern The Bears have shut out every conference opponent Washington (4-6-2, 1-2-1) has so far and are hoping to con- been goal-prone defensively in recent weeks, and that is a tinue that streak. DAYMEON VAUGHN


UNC linebacker Clarence Bumpas (56) lines up with his defensive teammates during practice earlier this week. added excitement to this them something where game, and while that may they’re going to come give the Bears a tempo- back next week. For us, rary boost, Collins said it’s important. It’s a good what’s more important is deal to be at home playplaying well to build up ing again.” the fan base among curCollins and the Bears rent and former students. will look for the year’s “Homecoming, even second win in front of the when I was a player, was home crowd Saturday. just another game,” The stands are sure to be Collins said. “But at the full of former students same time, you’re playing and players at 1:35 p.m. in front of current stu- when the Grizzlies come dents, your friends, your to Nottingham Field. The alumni. It’s important game will also be telejust to get the fan base vised regionally on ROOT built up. You want to give Sports.

weakness that Northern Colorado would like to exploit. “We’ve played some good teams on the road,” head coach Tim Barrera said. “Getting wins on the road in conference is obviously very important.” Eastern Washington is coming off a 4-0 loss against Portland State (5-6-1, 3-1), which is currently No. 2 in the Big Sky and was defeated by UNC earlier this season. Barrera said he thinks experience will be a key on this road trip. “We have (nine) seniors on the roster now and some juniors so it’s an experienced group,” Barrera said. That experience and confidence the team has shown will be needed for the first Big Sky road test of the season. The Bears face the Grizzlies at 3 p.m. today in Missoula, Mont., and face Eastern Washington at noon in Cheney, Wash. on Sunday.


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Author hosts videoconference to discuss animal cruelty ANTONIO HILL

The author of the critically acclaimed “Extremely

Loud and Incredibly Close” spoke to UNC faculty and students Wednesday as a part of a nationwide online videoconference to discuss

his new book “Eating Animals.” Jonathan Foer said his book wasn’t written to just tell people about how

much meat Americans consume, or whether it’s right to eat meat at all, but rather to point out just how tragic the treatment of animals has become. The fact that 99 percent of the animal products sold in America come from factory farms raises a question as to the morality of eating animals. The topics of whether or not it is right to eat animals and how animals are treated on factory farms are discussed through out his book. “Seventy-six percent of Americans believe (farm) animals deserve rights,” Foer said. “What else can you get that many Americans, let alone peo-

ple, to agree on?” The message he wants to make clear is that more and more people are accepting the idea of not eating animals and realizing that meat can be unhealthy . With the increase in the number of vegetarians and vegans worldwide, Foer said he is hoping more people speak out against the mistreatment of animals on factory farms. “Do I believe in the moral consideration of animals? Well, yeah, anything alive deserves morals, or at least the consideration for them,” Foer said. The book tries to go above and beyond the expectations of readers

when they think of what it means to be a vegetarian or a vegan. Many people assume the choice not to eat meat is due to health benefits or because the animals are being abused before they are killed. In the book, Foer also discusses the treatment of fish in farms, which some may not consider when pondering animal cruelty. Finally, Foer said that he does not see himself as a campaigner for the cause, but instead he describes his role in much simpler terms. “I wouldn’t say I’m an activist,” Foer said. “I just care about my environment and those who I share it with.”

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Students, faculty honor banned books with ‘read-in’ LAUREN SURBRUGG To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, the English education department collaborated with UNC Libraries to host a read-in Tuesday afternoon at Michener Library. Faculty and students alike treated the crowd to excerpts from their favorite books, which were at one time banned. Each guest reader selected a book that has been challenged or banned in the United States and read a portion for 15 minutes to the audience. The read-in began with English language and literature professor Stacy

Bailey reading a chapter from “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie. Bailey pointed out that the story has been banned due to expletives and scenes describing masturbation. “This story is full of beautiful teaching points,” Bailey said. She expressed her passion for the book and encouraged students to look beyond the foul language and sexual references to see the message Alexie offers. The next reader, Jeraldine Kraver, an English professor, leads the University Library read-in programs throughout the year. After a two-year break, Kraver is

looking to bring recognition to National Banned Book Week. Kraver shared a quote by Mark Mathabane, “If you assign my book, don’t censor it,” explaining the

trend schools have while teaching banned books, leaving out the questionable parts. Kraver believes students need to be taught the whole story, rather than bits and pieces.


Jake Budde, a junior Spanish major, reads “The Scarlet Letter” Tuesday afternoon in Michener Library.

Kraver chose “The Night Visitor” by B. Traven, which has never been banned, but several of Traven’s other books, which he wrote from Nazioccupied Germany, have been censored. As the afternoon progressed, Alex Shockley, a senior English and special education, chose to read “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. “I chose to read this story because of our society’s relationships with disabilities,” said Shockley. “The book should not be banned because the author is deliberately writing to expose society’s falsities.” The library is celebrating banned books all week, but this is the only

event recognizing the literature. However, a display in Michener will be left up for students to view other banned entertainment, such as movies and TV shows. The English department will continue to have a read-in the first Tuesday of every month. Next month, to acknowledge the election, books about presidents will be showcased. “We will not read books about the current election because we don’t want to show a perspective,” Kraver said. “Instead we will honor the presidents of the past.” Any person is invited to participate in reading aloud and can sign up by contacting Kraver at

Library educates students on importance of First Amendment


The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states that the government shall not prohibit freedom of speech or freedom of the press. However, with each progressing year, more books face the threat of being challenged or banned. This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). The U.S. cannot make it illegal to read a book. However, it is possible to petition for a challenge regarding a book in a par-

ticular school or library. Any citizen may try to challenge a book for any reason. If it gains enough support, the book may become banned. “Banning books is never necessary,” said Jeraldine Kraver, a UNC professor of English. “It denies citizens the freedom to read. We must hear the hateful and the good.” In 1982, the ALA began to observe challenged and banned books to fight against censorship in literature. In the past, UNC has participated in Banned Books Week but has taken the past two years off. This year, Kraver has taken on the responsibility for the

university read-ins each month. This month, she decided to collaborate with other libraries across the nation to celebrate literature that has been challenged and banned. A display dedicated to banned and challenged books, music, TV shows and films is set up in Michener Library. Students are invited to browse through the banned books and check out some stories that in other cases would not be allowed. During 2011, more than 320 books were challenged nationwide. This number may seem high, but in the past decade, there have been years of more than

500 books being challenged. In 2004, 547 works were challenged, the highest ever. Susan Collins, assistant professor of gerontology and human services, chose to read a portion of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was

one of the top 10 most challenged books of 2011. “We are supposed to live in a society with freedom of thought and speech,” Collins said. “Books should be available to express that students should be aware of our society.”

The general consensus of the presenters at the read-in is that books should not be censored. “We still have freedom,” Collins said. “People may use books poorly and out of context, but they should still be available.”


Challenged books are on display at Michener Library as a part of Banned Books Week.


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Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

‘The Turin Horse’ strides along toward failure



MOVIE REVIEW The Turin Horse

Directors: Bela Tarr, Agnes Hranitzky Run Time:148 min. Rated: NR

he International Film Series on Wednesday presented “The Turin Horse,” directed by Bela Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky, which depicts the simplest of lifestyles to the very tee. The directors truly capture the essence of poverty in the Hungarian countryside, so that I, too, felt as though I was deprived. The story of this film consists of a father (Janos Derzsi) and daughter (Erika Bok) trying to move forward in their journey to leave their isolated household. However, they are held back by a non-compliant horse and an increasingly intense wind storm. With a name like “The Turin Horse,” one would expect the horse to play a major role in the sequence of the film. This is not the case here, though. The horse basically plays that of the lonely and uncooperative animal that will not be forced into doing anything it doesn’t want to, including leaving the family to find a new home, unaffected by the storm. Before the opening scene is shown to the audience, the screen is entirely

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black and the narrator gives the viewer a short back story regarding how we have arrived at the particular point in our narrative, and yet, he still leaves a lot up to audience interpretation at film’s end. He describes a young Friedrich Nietzsche, a famous German philosopher, who saw a horse being savagely beaten and ran to its rescue. Upon reaching the horse, he throws his arms around it and weeps uncontrollably. Nietzsche was never the same after this event and shortly thereafter became extremely ill, dying a few years later. This is supposedly the story of what happened to the horse he saved. The relevance of Nietzsche and his involvement in the film is related to his belief in nihilism, which advocates separating oneself from will and desires in order to reduce suffering. This philosophy can be seen throughout the film in the depiction of the small family and its struggle to ease the suffering. Tarr and Hranitzky have a very unique style to their direction, in which they use

repetition excessively. They show the same basic tasks being performed over and over again but from a different angle each time. This may seem incredibly appealing from a cinematography standpoint, but after you’ve sat through an old man changing his clothes for the third time, it seems a bit unnecessary. Although I did not really enjoy this film as a whole, I must admit that both Tarr and Hranitzky did a magnificent job in their portrayal of how harsh the conditions were that these people had to cope with. With the use of consistent whirling sounds heard inside the house, intensely high winds outside, very dark and desolate scenery, along with the excessive use of an inordinate amount of clothing worn by the characters, the climate could almost be felt by the audience. It seemed as though the only sort of moderate salvation for these downtrodden people was found in the warmth of alcohol, brandy in particular. There seemed to be no sign of hope as the film progressed, leading the

viewer to a feeling of depression. Even when I felt the family was going to reach a new land of promise, it was held back by some underlying obstacle. I was begging for the film to end, and when it finally did grace me with its closing credits, I was still extremely confused as to what the reasoning was behind the conclusion and what happened to its two main characters. I feel the need to forewarn those seeking out this film for their own viewing pleasure: Unless you are thoroughly amused by mundane culture and have the stamina to withstand an 148minute film in which the most exciting sequence involves a young woman venturing outside to fill the water jug, I would steer clear of this one. The next IFS film will be “A Better Life,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 and at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Lindou Auditorium. — Will Connolly is a senior journalism major and the assistant arts editor for The Mirror.

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Brothers travel together through collegiate careers MICHAEL NOWELS

When Raymond Ndjonok-Tonye and Herve Tonye-Tonye were growing up, they were inseparable, even to the point that they shared a bedroom in their childhood. They stuck together from Cameroon to Montreal, then to Mississippi and finally to Greeley. The brothers were recruited to play football for their high school team after a coach on the team saw them playing basketball. After graduating high

fullback, said. school, they were then junior recruited to Alcorn State “We’ve been around him University by UNC defen- for a while. It’s not so much about who he is as sive coordinator a coach, but who Zach Shay, who he is as a man.” was on the Alcorn That respect is State staff at the mutual between time. Finally, the the brothers and pair followed Shay the head coach. and the rest of Collins said the head coach Raymond Tonyes are as Earnest Collins Ndjonok-Tonye tough as any Jr.’s staff to the University of Northern Colorado prior to last season. “The reason that we are here is because we believe in what coach Collins is trying to build,” Raymond, a

players he has coached in his career, specifically remembering a moment when Herve tried, and succeeded, to get back on the field in a practice drill. “I’ve actually seen him

in a goal line period — and finishing up his classes in he tried to get me to give physics. Herve said he sees how him the helmet (back) — he physics play a role and the fullback in his game as a met in the hole football player. and he actually “There’s a lot of dented the helmet physics involved in enough that you football,” he said. could set a can of “Force equals mass pop in it,” Collins times accelerasaid. The helmet Herve Tonye-Tonye tion. That hapdid its job in protecting the senior linebacker’s brain, which is vital to his success in completing his second major. He earned a degree in electromagnetic engineering at Alcorn State, and he now is

pens every time you hit somebody. The person that comes the fastest, with the best acceleration and best position is going to win that battle. Football is all about physics, really.” Both Herve and

Raymond characterized themselves as quiet guys, but also as very physical players, which is an asset for players at such hardhitting positions. “I’m a quiet guy all around,” Herve said. “On the field or off the field, you don’t hear me screaming a lot or talking a lot.” Said Raymond: “I’m not the ‘rah-rah’ guy — just silent and violent.” With a physical mentality like that, the brothers Tonye will undoubtedly put a hurting on some opponents as the season goes on.

Bubbly, big sister rock for Bears volleyball young players RACHEL TURNOCK

Big sisters encourage and help her siblings, and the UNC volleyball team has that big sister in its bubbly and caring senior setter, Marissa Hughes. Hughes, a sport and exercise science major, said she tries to help her teammates as much as she can by communicating well with them both on and off the court. “I’m hoping I can be a vocal leader for them and maybe point out things that they might not see while they’re playing,” Hughes said. “If I’m off the court, maybe point out some tips or something — just a little extra tidbits that might help them in the long run.” Although Hughes tries to

be a leader for the team, she also expects the rest of the team to have those same leadership qualities. “I definitely look to all my teammates for communication and vocal leadership because we all do it at different times, and it’s a unique dynamic that we have on our team,” Hughes said. Since joining the University of Northern Colorado four years ago, Hughes has had quite the effect on the program, but it might not have happened that way if she didn’t feel a little adventurous. Coming all the way from Huntington Beach, Calif., Hughes said she wanted to try something different by coming to Colorado. “The culture of this team I really liked at first — it’s


UNC senior setter Marissa Hughes, left, and sophomore Brianna Strong, right, jump for a block during the Hampton Inn & Suites Northern Colorado Classic Aug. 31-Sept. 1. definitely a family,” Hughes said. “I wanted to get out of California.” Hughes began playing volleyball in fifth grade, and it has been the only sport

she has ever played. When she is not playing volleyball, Hughes said she enjoys surfing, shopping and getting her nails done. Hughes has been a

starter at the University of Northern Colorado since her freshman season, a large reason she was able to become the fourth Bear to achieve 4,000 assists, a feat achieved Sept. 22 against Weber State. “She’s our rock, and she is really the one that stays composed regardless of the situation,” head coach Lyndsey Oates said. “Our team looks to her. Whether we’re down and are needing some encouragement, she’s the one to get on them a little bit too when we need to be challenged.” The rock foundation is something Hughes also has off the court. Freshman setter Allie Hutcheson said Hughes is always available when someone needs her help. “She’s so funny and

bubbly, and she’s friends with everyone,” Hutcheson said. “She’s such a sweetheart, and she’s someone you can always go to if you need a hand or a hug.” Watching Hughes from the sidelines, it’s easy to see that she is very light on her feet. She is quick to set the ball for the outside hitters and middle blockers and soars off the court to set it. Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Spaustat said Hughes is a great communicator and that she loves playing with her. “I’ve honestly never had a setter like her — and she’s very quiet off the court, but on the court, she’s very vocal and she talks to you all the time,” Spaustat said. “She gives you words of encouragement and she’s a really great leader.”

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