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News Volunteers ‘Embrace Community’ Symposium showcases students’ and faculty’s role in making Greeley a better place. PAGE 2

Arts Raising money thr ough ar t A group of Greeley and UNC artists support the Student Recovery program at Greeley Central. PAGE 7

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Poet’s workshop discusses gender theory, norms TESSA BYRNS The 2008 winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam hosted a gender theory workshop for students in support of UNC’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Allies Resource Office Monday. Andrea Gibson, who hails from Boulder, has placed third in the world in two international poetry slams. Every semester, the University Program Council at the University of Northern Colorado brings a professional slam poet to campus. Gibson, who identifies with the GLBT community, was chosen to host Open Mic Night because UPC’s Diversity Program offers assistance to students who identify with the GLBT community as well.

“We invited Andrea Gibson to our campus to host her own gender theory workshop and Open Mic Night because we wanted (her) to talk about queer identity and talk about her life experiences and skills and how they can help students going through the same issues,” said Jael Esquibel, program coordinator for the GLBTA Resource Office. Queer identities, gender queer and gender identity are not all the same things, Esquibel said. Queer identity can be explained as a female being more comfortable expressing herself as masculine or a male expressing himself as more feminine. Gender queer is when a male or female feels like a gender identity doesn’t fit into what society shows us.

“Gender theory is exploring gender norms,” Esquibel said. “Andrea Gibson’s workshop will explore what happens when people step outside the boxes of what society expects from the male and female genders and what that looks like because it is different for every individual.” Gibson’s workshop had participants listen to poems from individuals who have gone through the experience of being gender queer or having queer identities. She then had them write poems about their own personal experiences. After every poem was read, Gibson had the participants give two compliments or comments about the poems. Some students said they learned more about

themselves through their poetry. “I didn’t really like poetry and I didn’t really think that it could encapsulate gender issues,” said Lauryn Curtis, a freshman undeclared major. “I learned that poetry could show gender issues, and I also learned that I’m a really good writer.” Gibson also discussed how, on occasion, people try to change themselves so the people around them will be comfortable with who they are. The audience latched onto this sentiment and shared stories of encounters regarding changing themselves for their families, friends or even complete strangers. “I thought the workshop was really cool,” said Lisa Ohlemacher, a

sophomore undeclared major. “I’m a big part of the GLBTA community,, and gender theory inter-

ests me, so I was really excited that Andrea Gibson was coming to the UNC campus.”


Haley Ault, center, listens to Andrea Gibson, a worldrenowned poet, as she reads Patch Even poems during the GLBTA Resource Office’s Gender Theory Workshop Monday.

Symposium showcases campus’ community involvement KELSEY HAMMON


Asad Abdi, left, the executive director of the East African Community of Colorado, listens to Tiffany Lehwald, a senior anthropology and dietetics major, explain her service project.

While UNC helps shape Greeley in a variety of ways, the ties between the campus and the larger community can still be strengthened further, as was discussed during the Embracing Community: Learning and Research Symposium Tuesday. Students, club members and faculty from the University of Northern Colorado were welcomed to the symposium to share their research and service projects as well as

to recruit volunteers for new and ongoing projects to better Weld County. Mayor Tom Norton opened the symposium by discussing the positive influence students can have by being involved in the community. “Community involvement is something you, as students, can really embrace,” Norton said. “We need to unify university and community. You want to wake up in the morning feeling happy, like you’re going to make a difference.” Many of the presenta-

tions during the symposium showcased the volunteer work and community-improving research UNC students and faculty have done for Weld County. Emily Cecil, a junior dietetics major and representative of the UNC Community Garden, shared with symposium attendees information about the newly constructed gardens by the Judy Farr and Clay Centers. “The garden gave us the chance to interact with the community,” Cecil said. “We worked on

this project for four months until the snow made it impossible. The project also opened doors for us in the community. For example, we eventually worked with the Realizing Our Community center, helping them with other projects.” Susan Nelson, the director of Community Arts for the College of Performing and Visual Arts, presented ongoing projects through Operation Bear Aware. The objective of the project is to unify businesses in See Symposium, Page 4

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Student-professor relationship required for improvement Do you believe you’re getting the most out of your UNC education? Studies show the value may not be as great as you think. Forbes’ annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions placed the University of Northern Colorado at 522. The business financial company’s list focused on factors that matter most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. It eliminated factors such as reputation and “illconceived metrics that reward wasteful spending.” Upon first glance, it may seem impressive that UNC made the list.

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offered. At UNC, there are 20 students for every professor. At University of Colorado (ranked 217) that ratio is 18:1 and University of Denver (ranked 187) has 12 students for every professor. If students are not able to receive the one-on-one attention that fosters a learning environment, how can they be expected to perform as well as their peers after graduation who were tutored more in college? In a list that ranks institutions based on job placement as well as value, UNC can expect to climb only after emphasizing more personalized instruction.

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Further examination, though, raises other questions. The only schools in Colorado that didn’t make the list were Adams State College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado State University at Pueblo, Colorado Christian University and Regis University, schools that all pale in comparison in both attendance and perceptions of prestige. However, the same thing can possibly be said for Colorado colleges ahead of UNC on the list, including Fort Lewis College at 457 and Western State College at 506. What is to blame for our less-

to highlight the work of faculty, staff and students in making connections between the University of Northern Colorado and the Greeley community. The Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership sponsors the event, a sort of festival for community involvement. Dozens from the UNC community as well as Weld County non-profit organizations presented research, learning experiences and opportunities they have

spent the past year, or several, working on. The experience opened my ears and eyes to the various ways UNC connects with Weld County. I am proud to know there are so many things going on. But it’s not enough. Greeley’s citizens are numerous, diverse and, with the exception of a few bold ones, disconnected from the university. Though many students work outside of the campus, our school experience can often be insular, both physically and intellectually removed from the neighborhoods just beyond. Where faculty is removed perhaps due to time or financial constraints, students are removed apparently due to the revolving door of the student body. Each year, there are new students here and older ones gone. Since most UNC graduates do not stay in Greeley, our ownership in the town

we live in is limited. But as much as the university can offer the town, the town can give back. Whether students plan to remain in academics or not, their learning experiences should not be confined to the campus. Internships give students countless gifts, not the least of which is work experience in their chosen field. Research opportunities are abundant in the sciences and well supported by UNC. We can offer opportunities to Greeley and Weld County, as well. In education, the university has resources that public grade schools do not. Our education students and faculty benefit from engaging with local schools and seeing the work of teachers. The schools benefit from programs designed to enhance their own students’ learning. In some fields, like geography, anthro-

pology or history, the location of our school should play a distinct role in shaping the education of those programs while those majors can give unique services to surrounding towns simultaneously. In our tour of elementary schools last spring, the most consistent questions students asked were, “What is college like?” or “What is UNC like?” Their eagerness to learn about the university was contagious. I hope that in the coming years, we can extend the invitation for them to find an answer to those questions. If students ask for greater engagement in Weld County, it can feel like a home for all of us outsiders. The UNC community must explore and give to the larger community for which it was named. — Mark Maxwell is a senior theater arts major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.


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Thai university honors dean for global exchange TESSA BYRNS In October, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the princess of Thailand, honored the UNC dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences during Burapha University’s graduation ceremony. Eugene Sheehan, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, was presented with an honorary doctorate from Burapha University for creating an exchange program between BU and the University of Northern Colorado. “The ceremony was unlike anything in America,” Sheehan said. “It was much more quiet and reserved. Everything was very strict. You had to first bow to the princess, walk up to her, bow again, and then turn and walk off the stage.” Sheehan said he organ-

ized a relationship with the university to give Thai students access to the University of Northern Colorado. “Usually, there are relationships between schools that have already been established; that isn’t true for this case,” Sheehan said. “In 2008, the dean from Burapha and I found that we worked well together and decided to send some students from each of our schools to the other one in the hopes that the students would learn how to work and think more globally.” Sheehan said they are trying to expose students to different cultures and different ways of thinking. “We’re trying to prepare teachers to be able to work with children from different backgrounds from all around the world,” he said. Several of the partici-

pating students in the program are now working as faculty in Thailand. “Three out of five were awarded doctorates themselves,” Sheehan said. “We’ve set up the 2+2+1 agreement where Thai students come to UNC for their undergraduate degree and their teacher’s license and then go back to Thailand. Then, 13 of our students go over to Thailand and teach and learn over there.” He said there is also an exchange program between Dublin, Ireland and UNC. “We’re trying to get our students learning and teaching in other universities from around the world,” he said. “We also want to get other international students to come study here. We will have 24 new students with us in 2013. Add that to the 50-plus students we

already have here.” The program started when educators looked at what was best for both universities. “We wanted to see what we could do to help,” Sheehan said. “We wanted to see what their needs were and what we can add. We held seminars and workshops for students here, for their students, and in Thailand, our students could do research and listen to lectures.” Students said they are looking forward to the benefits the program will bring to the university. “I think it’s great that UNC is broadening its horizons,” said Taylor Steinbach, a freshman music major. “It’s cool that we have connections in Thailand and Ireland.” Other students said they are glad for the exchange program. “I think its great that

UNC is having students from all over come here,” said Melissa Blair, a freshman sports and exercise science education major. “They have a ton of really great doctors there. I know from expe-

rience because I was there when I got typhoid fever. I also think it’s great that some of their students are coming here, because we have a really great education system.”


Eugene Sheehan, left, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences dean, receives flowers from BU Dean of Education Montree Yamkasikorn and President Sompol Pongthai.

Volunteers serve as ‘great inspiration,’ improve Weld County Symposium from Page 2 in Greeley with the university by allowing students to receive free food, gear and cash in support of local businesses. “A recent communications class did a study on student residents in Greeley and found that most of them feel like there is an invisible border between them and their Greeley community,” Nelson said. “We want to dissolve that bor-

der and make students feel like they’re at home.” The symposium also included information on the Boys and Girls Club, the Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations that utilize UNC volunteers. Daisy Dominguez, the provincial coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club, said UNC volunteers are helpful to the organization. “UNC does a lot of great things for the club,”

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GLBTA poet reads work for Open Mic at University Center RUBY WHITE More so than any other Open Mic Night of the semester, the powerful words produced by slam poet Andrea Gibson left awe and intrigue on many diverse face during Monday night’s slam poetry contest. Gibson, a worldrenowned spoken word artist, filled the upper floor of the University Center with her pungent words, covering controversial topics such as sexuality, gender bending and the treatment of veterans. The event, hosted by the University Program Council in conjunction with the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Allies Resource Office, allowed students to express themselves

through poetry while participating in a friendly competition. Students who participated had a shot of winning $100 for first place and $50 for second place. To keep the competition fair, judges consisted of randomly selected audience members. Gibson, who resides in Boulder, said she was surprised with the turnout. “Bringing Andrea Gibson here was our idea,” said Aimee Wren, a junior political science major and program coordinator for the GLBTA Resource Office at the University of Northern Colorado. “We were looking at a lot of people to come, and we wanted something that appealed to the entire student body instead of just the (GLBTA) community.” Besides being able to queer gender lines with her

words, Gibson’s androgynous appearance made her appear soft spoken until the deliverance of her booming poems proved otherwise, expressing life experience, pain and love. Bringing to attention her struggles with homophobia and gender questioning, she used her words to portray the wrongs and beauty of the world. The student poets presented pieces that were each unique to them, including topics ranging from love, history, biological parents, loss, disappointment and comedy. Tyrell Allen, a sophomore Africana studies major and first place winner of Monday’s poetry contest, swayed audience members and judges while performing two powerful pieces titled “Rehab” and

“I Used to Love Him.” “I’ve been doing poetry for five years, and this was the first time I decided to do (open mic) because I haven’t had the opportunity since September,” Allen said. “My first poem came to be from confusion of what I wanted to study and who I was becoming.” The contest consisted of many students who had performed their poetry in front of an audience prior to the event as well as a few newcomers. Several poets performed, but only five became finalists. One newcomer, Daniel Rosson, performed a poem dedicated to his biological father and received a high score from the judges, which placed him as a finalist in the contest. Gibson commented on the talent in the room and how she appreciated the first


Tyrell Allen, a sophomore Africana studies major and winning slam poet at Monday night’s Open Mic Night, garnered applause after reading his poem “Rehab.” time poets’ courage to present their pieces. “I think it’s pretty incredible that we got someone like Andrea Gibson to come here,” said Joe Tamayo, a senior psychology major. “I had never heard of her before, but I thought she was incredible and did a great job. I was surprised by her honesty and just how well she delivered that poetry, and it’s interesting

because not a voice like that is commonly heard at UNC. It’s impactful (sic) and important.” The event came to a close as Gibson performed two last poems selected by audience members familiar with her work. Applause and cheers could be heard around the room as Gibson once again proved her ability to bring awareness to her audience in an artistic, charismatic way.

Music professor recreates Bach compositions for saxophone SARAH KIRBY Found on soundtracks to major motion pictures like “The Soloist,” with Robert Downey Jr., and “Pride and Prejudice,” with Keira Knightly, Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello” are some of the most distinguished Cello pieces in the world. Andrew Dahlke, head saxophone professor at the UNC School of Music, recently transposed “Bach’s Six Suites” for saxophone.

Dahlke worked off-andon for three years to create a double CD with six pieces that add up to 42 separate movements. Working to add depth to the identity of the saxophone, Dahlke wanted to highlight it as a classical instrument. “This was part of my spring sabbatical,” Dahlke said. “My proposal was to finish up this research and record these pieces for the development of the saxophone for my own personal development and for the baroque period.” A quartet recorded the

pieces at the University of and Dahlke posed the Central Michigan’s record- project, I could tell it ing label, White Pine would be a good fit,” Recording Company, in Burgess said. “I remember thinking that it would Minneapolis, Minn. work out aweS c o t t somely. We had Burgess, mana great time ager of audio w o r k i n g production and together and music technologot to be good gy, worked with friends in the Dahlke to make process over the CD and its those couple of recording a Andrew Dahlke days.” reality. One of the “We met has adapted major differthrough six famous Bach ences between degrees of sepa- melodies for the the Bach pieces ration, but once saxophone. we got to talking

for cello and

Dahlke’s transpositions to saxophone was shaping the phrases of an instrument that requires no breathing to an instrument that does. In the CD, which is still in post-production, Dahlke plays to make his breathing as subtle as possible. He wanted to give the compositions their own characters through the use of the saxophone and its unique sound, which naturally includes taking a chance to breathe. Charles Hanson, a professor of bassoon studies

and music theory, said, “(Dahlke’s) a magnificent player and these works that he’s recorded really are some of the most amazing works that Bach created for a solo instrument. His reading of Bach’s recording shows the ability of the saxophone. When you listen to his sound, you get a feeling for the sensitivity and what the instrument is capable of.” The official release date for Dahlke’s album is March 1. For more information about the CD, visit

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Men’s basketball still winless after Wyoming trip STAFF REPORT

The UNC men’s basketball team fell 75-56 to Wyoming Tuesday in a game t h e team struggled to Men’s Basketball g r i p onto. The University of Northern Colorado dropped to 0-2 on the season and Wyoming improved to 2-0. UNC sophomore guard Paul Garnica led the Bears with 18 points before fouling out late in the game. He went 3-for-3 in 3-

Sophomore pointers and had center Connor 16 of his points Osborne led the come in the secBears with eight ond half. rebounds, six The Bears defensively. trailed 32-14 at Osborne also the end of the had nine points. first half but Connor Osborne The Bears managed to had nine points shot 37.5 perscore one less and eight rebounds cent from the point than the against Wyoming field, going 15Cowboys in the Tuesday. for-40. The second half with Bears gave up 17 turnovers 42 points after halftime. The Cowboys were led and the Cowboys maxiby senior guard Francisco mized, scoring 23 points Cruz, who had 30 points, off UNC mistakes. The Cowboys were able five rebounds and two to also score off UNC’s 32 steals. in the game. Following Garnica in fouls points for the Bears was Osborne, senior forward freshman forward Tim Mike Proctor, junior guard Huskisson with 10. Elliott Lloyd and sopho-

more forward Emmanuel Addo all had four fouls apiece. Wyoming made 29-of-37 free throws, and 16 of Cruz’s points came from his 20 attempts at the charity stripe. The Bears scored 14 points off turnovers, forcing 13. Although having played 26 minutes, sophomore guard Tate Unruh had zero points, going 0-for-3 in field goals and 0-for-2 on 3-point attempts. The Bears will take the court again Sunday when they play the University of Northern Iowa (1-1) in the first game of the South Padre Island Invitational.


UNC junior guard Elliott Lloyd dribbles the ball up the court in a game last season. Lloyd had six points and two rebounds in the loss to Wyoming Tuesday.

Senior libero becomes key player for volleyball team DAVID WILSON

It wasn’t her first choice, but volleyball has led to a life-altering

change for UNC senior defensive specialist Amanda Arterburn. Arterburn played basketball and soccer her whole life before showing up for volleyball tryouts in basketball shorts when she


UNC senior defensive specialist Amanda Arterburn (2) huddles with teammates between plays during their 31 win against Sacramento State Oct. 27 at home.

was 13 and attending Front Range Christian School in Littleton. Her athletic apparel has changed, but her winning mentality and leadership qualities continued to grow and landed her a spot on the University of Northern Colorado roster in 2008. “I didn’t even think I would be going to college for volleyball at all,” Arterburn said. “I fell in love with volleyball. It fit me better than any other sport.” The UNC program is thankful it did, as Arterburn has led UNC in digs the last two seasons and was voted Big Sky Conference Libero of the Year in 2010. She ranks second in the conference in digs this season with 506 and is

10th in service aces with 25. UNC head coach Lyndsey Benson said Arterburn’s personal statistics only scratch the surface on what she brings to the table for her team. “We need that libero position to be a leader, a motivator, and they have to understand the game very well,” Benson said. “Amanda has been a tremendous leader this year. The team is following her right now. How well she plays is determining how well we play as a team.” The Bears are sitting in prime position to reclaim the Big Sky Conference Championship this season and reach the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three years. Arterburn said the

experience of clinching the championship and giving the Washington Huskies all they could handle in the 2009 NCAA Tournament has been the highlight of her career so far. Even when the lights aren’t on for game nights, Arterburn said one of the most rewarding things for her during her stint at UNC has been the atmosphere at practice and in the locker room. “Fighting really hard every single day with these girls, all the hard practices, all the tears and time we’ve spent together has been rewarding,” Arterburn said. “I love this program more than I have cared about something in my life for a very long time.” Arterburn sits 12 digs behind UNC Director of

Volleyball Operations Breanna Van Der Most for seventh most all-time in UNC history. Van Der Most was a role model for Arterburn, who is now doing the same for sophomore defensive specialist Merideth Johnson. “I don’t even know where to begin with things that she has done for me,” Johnson said. “She is such an amazing player. She is a great student of the game, and I think that is something that I can take from her along with being confident in the back row.” Only time will tell if Arterburn and the Bears return as champions of the Big Sky Conference tournament. But what is certain is that she will have a hand in the attempt.

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Artists create ‘village’ to help local high school RYAN LAMBERT Many Hispanic male students at Greeley Central High School are struggling to graduate, but on Friday night, a group of Greeley and UNC artists donated their talent to aid the struggling pupils. The group hosted a candle-lit mosaic art show and auction at the Atlas Theater, an old bakery turned into a Christian church and performance venue. The event was coordinated by Austin Seeley, a sophomore psychology major, and Megan Martinez, a teacher at Greeley Central who graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011 with a degree in English education. The theme for the art show was “Village,” which was chosen because it reflects the notion that Greeley Central should not

have the sole responsibility shining in the midday sun, for its students’ achieve- running to Seeley in a clump of chaos. ments or lack thereof. “Shaman,” priced at “These students are in horrible circumstances; $35, another of Seeley’s works, was some of also a t h e m product of are even his time in ex-gang India. It mempresents bers,” the white Seeley s a i d . — Austin Seeley, a soph - and gray visage of “ T h e omore psychology major an old show is H i n d u a l l and coordinator of the man surbased mosaic art show rounded on the by a blaze i d e a that it takes a village to of fire-like smoke popping out from a black backraise a child.” More than 35 artists ground. “Artists not only want donated works like paintings, chalk pastels, stained to create art, but they also glass, photography, want to support the community through art,” acrylics and pottery. Seeley, who grew up in Seeley said. The high school stuIndia, displayed his photograph “Friends,” priced at dents contributed small $40, that depicts several ceramic houses and hemp Indian children, their jewelry that were priced brown eyes wide open and between $10-$20. Visual artists were not their pure white teeth

The show is all based on the idea that it takes a village to raise a child.

the only ones donating their talent. Nine musicians, dancers and poets performed on stage for a 100-plus audience. Armando Silva, a local dancer and artist, capped off the night with a performance. In addition to live music and comedy, attendees were treated to cheese, bread, wine, cream puffs and pizza. All of the money raised went to support the Student Recovery Program, which provides extra tutoring and extracurricular activities to at-risk students. “I have a lot of Student Recovery kids in my class,” Martinez said. “I see their struggles. Some of them need glasses; some of them move mid-semester. I hope this alleviates some of the financial pressures they face.” More than $1,500 was raised to support SRP. “It was a great


Artists Dyana Wyeno and Austin Seeley discuss works featured at the mosaic art show held at the Atlas Theater. turnout,” Seeley said. “We were hoping to raise at least $1,000.” For a sociology class, some of the SRP participants put together a “Me” book that consisted of value lists, bucket lists and descriptions of the future.

Some students wrote tributes to their family members. One student wrote, “If I could be reborn and have a whole new life, I wouldn’t change my mom for nothing…She’s a tough girl who’s been through a lot in her life.”


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Wide receiver catches, breaks record for Bears BEN WARWICK

A few days before senior wide receiver Patrick Walker played h i s final game a t Football UNC, he said he could describe his career in two words: “Balled out.” When he walked onto Nottingham Field on Saturday with a chance to make history, he did just that. Walker entered the game needing only nine

catches to break San Diego Charger Vincent Jackson’s (2001-2004) career record of 177 and six to break Jackson’s single-season record of 80, which he set in 2004. On a first-and-10 with just less than a minute left to play, Walker caught a pass from quarterback Seth Lobato for a gain of 29 yards. The pass gave Walker possession of the career receptions record for the University of Northern Colorado. Walker, a human communications major, attended Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif., the same


Patrick Walker celebrates one of his two touchdowns in UNC’s game against North Dakota Oct. 29 at Nottingham Field. Walker had 315 receiving yards in the game.

school that produced Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, one of Walker’s heroes. Walker also said, thought, he’s heavily influenced by Vincent: the man whose record he broke Saturday. “He joked around with me, ‘I have so many (records), so hopefully you can break some of them for me,’” Walker said. “He told me to keep up the hard work and keep the guys up and stay positive.” Having a cousin playing in the NBA in Tayshaun Prince, basketball was also one of Walker’s loves, but

He’s a little guy, but he’s got the biggest heart. And if somebody doesn’t give him a chance to play football at the next level, they’re nuts.

— Earnest Collins Jr., Head football coach

he said that it was the physicality of football that convinced him to stay on the gridiron. “Knowing that he played for the Pistons made me want to play basketball,” Walker said. “Then I was like, ‘Yeah, this is what I really want to do,’ but I grew out of it, and I felt like this was my passion and what I really want to do with my life.” Senior quarterback Dylan Orms, who targeted Walker many times as starting quarterback last year, said he knows exactly what kind of leader Walker is on and off the field and just how much the team can learn from him. “Patrick is a guy who tries to lead by example,” Orms said. “He’s an undersized guy in most people’s eyes. He wasn’t looked at as the biggest recruit out of high school, but he always comes out here with a chip on his shoulder, and I think that’s what people admire about him. I’m proud of him, personally. I know a lot of people haven’t seen how far he’s come, but I know that I have and it’s been


UNC senior wide receiver Patrick Walker runs upfield during the Portland State loss Saturday at Nottingham Field. Walker finished the game with 126 yards. really great to watch.” Although the 2011 season didn’t quite pan out the way he would have liked, Walker said he is still very honored to hold the record. “It means a lot, if you take away the team thing,” Walker said. “It’s going to be an honor being mentioned with Vincent Jackson. Being able to pass him up, I feel like that shows that the work I’ve been putting in is finally paying off.” After the loss to Portland State Saturday, UNC head coach Earnest Collins Jr. had nothing but high praise for Walker.

“He’s a special kid,” Collins said. “I mean, if you were watching the game, sometimes (Portland State) had three people covering him, and he still finds a way to be the guy that makes the play when the game is on the line.” Collins also said he believes Walker has a good chance to further his career at the next level, as scouts from the Carolina Panthers have already been in touch with him. “He’s a little guy, but he’s got the biggest heart,” Collins said. “And if somebody doesn’t give him a chance to play football at the next level, they’re nuts.”

Big Sky acknowledges officials’ mistake STAFF REPORT The Big Sky Conference announced Tuesday the illegal blocking call against the UNC football team that took away a tying touchdown and a chance to win was incorrect. With the University of Northern Colorado trailing 23-17 with 3.6 seconds left

during Saturday’s game against Portland State, officials called an illegal block on junior wide receiver Dominic Gunn, taking away a 25-yard touchdown from senior wide receiver Patrick Walker. Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton announced the call was incorrect, but it is too late to make any

changes to the poorly called play. “We absolutely are concerned when this happens, and it is vital that we be able to honestly evaluate ourselves,’’ Fullerton said. “That call was incorrect, and it cost Northern Colorado the tying touchdown. We don’t normally speak about officiating, but this mistake came at a critical juncture in

the contest and greatly affected the outcome of the game. Unfortunately, there is nothing now that can be done to reverse the call.’’ The film revealed Gunn did not illegally block but was pushed into a PSU player. The touchdown would have tied the game, and a successful extra point would have given UNC its only win of the season.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 e-Mirror  

This is The Mirror's electronic version of its Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 edition.