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News History of horses highlighted A CU professor discusses the animal’s importance during Native American Heritage Week. PAGE 2

Sports Women’s hoops to tip off season The UNC women’s basketball team opens its season on Saturday at Bradley University. PAGE 6

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CU professor talks history of horses AMANDA STOUTENBURGH Students and faculty were given the opportunity to learn about the history and influence of an often-overlooked animal as part of Native American Heritage Week Monday. Thomas Andrews, a history professor at the University of Colorado, spoke to UNC students about his new project, “Vehicles of Resistance: Horses, Native Peoples, and Euroamericans in the North American Borderlands,” as part of Native American Heritage Week. Andrews is also the author of “Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War” and coauthor of “The Five Cs of History.” Andrews said he has only started the preliminary research for his latest project and is thinking this project will take him a while to finish. The presentation focused on a specific chapter in Andrews’

upcoming book, a chapter titled “Vehicles of Resistance.” Andrews said he decided to write a book about the history of animals because it piqued his interest when he researched the subject for previous topics. He wanted to analyze how animals such as livestock and other large creatures have affected humans in different ways, from the introduction of horses to North America in the 1500s through present day. Andrew’s presentation also discussed how horses became different things to different people over time. To some cultures, horses were food; to others, they were packhorses; and still to others, they were currency. If one Native American had more horses than another, he was considered wealthier, and those who had few or none were considered poor. See Andrews, Page 7


Thomas Andrews, an author and associate professor of history at CU -- Boulder, spoke about the historic roles of horses, Native Americans and Euroamericans Monday at the UC.

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classes, but it cannot be conclusively proven that person will do badly in graduate school. A test is not destiny, and many non-academic factors influence a test taker’s ability to perform well, like appropriate sleep and diet. It is absurd that a four-hour test can be viewed as equal to four years of experience from a bachelor’s degree. Some schools say that they take a potential student’s entire application into consideration: transcripts with GPA, letters of recommendations and a curricu-

lum vitae or resume. ETS has published its own report as to the value of the GRE. It posits the GRE’s accuracy in assessing future performance. However, data should always be questioned — especially when that data is trying to sell something. In this case, a test. The test only shows how a student performed on his or her test date; it does not exemplify his or her intellectual destiny. As such, its results should not be taken too seriously.

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on most fronts. This appears to stem from a greater diversity than any previous generation, with greater racial tolerance than any before. Or perhaps it comes from the economic circumstances of the Bush and Obama years, when Millennials came of age. But whether Millennial leftism is an actual generational change or merely the effect of current youth trends remains to be seen. Like the Silents, Millennials could find a new political alignment later in life. With those two generations on opposite ends, both politically and age-wise, there is more revelation in the generations between. For example, Generation X, now aged 31 to 46, voted for Obama in 2008, but now slightly favor a Republican as our next president. Boomers, who make up more than a third

of the electorate, are difficult to parse from the other generations. For example, older Boomers, those closer in age to the Silents, are more Democrat than younger ones. Clearly in this case, political stance has a greater division by the particular economy of a group’s youth than by their age at the time of study. While it is fascinating to see the shifts in attitude from the Silents to the Millennials, when it comes to the political game of the next election, candidates and their researchers must align their division of generations not by the arbitrary boundary lines of age group but by common economic and political histories: histories that change not every 20 years, but each and every day. — Mark Maxwell is a senior theater arts major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.


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Campus competition cooks up chili for charity CARMEN BRADY Buffalo meat and chocolate don’t seem like they would mingle well on the palate. Mix them in a chili, and your taste buds may tell you different. Different styles of chili were served at UNC, from unique concoctions to traditional, comforting recipes in an attempt to win a trophy and raise money for charities during the seventh Colorado Combined Campaign Chili Cook-Off Tuesday. Admission to the University of Northern Colorado’s chili cook-off was free, but donations were accepted at the door to support charities. The CCC is a statewide organization founded to help various non-profit

organizations with funding and to raise awareness for them. “The Colorado Combined Campaign itself is the university’s combined giving effort by state employees to the community that we live in,” said Jay Dinges, the co-chair of the Colorado Combined Campaign and assistant director of the University Center. “Instead of all the funds that are raised by this event going to one specific charity, the employees get to designate where their funds go to amongst hundreds of charities across the state.” Mel Rael, executive director of the CCC, said there are more than 700 non-profit organizations the CCC serves across the state. Rael said the event is popular among students and faculty. “It’s always been a

well-attended event,” Rael said. “It’s certainly a highlight on campus. There’s always been a great turnout.” Organizations from across northern Colorado and the campus provided a variety of different recipes of chili to sample, each of which competed for a trophy in its respective category. The categories were “Most Unique,” “Best Green Chili” and “Best Red Chili.” There were a variety of batches to choose from — sweet and spicy to complex and traditional — with combinations as unexpected as buffalo chocolate chili. Krystle Kelley, the director of operations for the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County, said this is her third year entering her chili.

“I think it’s a good way to raise awareness within the college community and the people that work at UNC,” Kelley said. “I look forward to this event every year.” Evan Welch, director of University Relations, said this was only his second year entering chili but attended the event before he began competing. “Last year in the Student Activities office we held our own taste test to decide which chili we entered,” Welch said. “We found the best one — what

is here now — was actually a combination of two different chilies.” Jamie Ingrisano, a University College academic scholar, said this is her second year attending

the event. “I think in general it’s a really fun event for the university, and then it raises money for a good cause on top of that,” Ingrisano said.

Chili CookOff Winners Read Friday’s issue of The Mirror for the winners of the seventh annual Chili Cook-Off.


Shelly Mock, left, and Jimmy Mock, a father-daughter team representing the Registrar’s Office and Facilities Management, compete in the red and green chili divisions Tuesday at the UC.

Altar presentation lures back spirits for Dia de los Muertos TESSA BYRNS The presentation of the altars is a traditional celebration during the Dial de los Muertos, and the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan student

group kept this tradition alive at UNC Tuesday. The Semana de los Muertos celebration officially ended last week on the Day of the Dead, Nov. 2, but the presentation of the altars had to be postponed due to the University of

Northern Colorado’s campus closure Oct. 26. The altars feature some of the favorite items of those who have passed on, such as food or toys, and are constructed to lure the dead back to Earth for Dial de los Muertos.

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munities to maintain a collective identity.” Students who participated in the event said they thought it was a good idea to help the community learn more about other cultures. “I didn’t really know much about the event before I started researching it and listening to the other groups,” said Brianna Rodriguez, a freshman elementary education major. “When I started researching more about the altars, then I was eager to show off my See Altars, Page 8

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World music played at Foundation Hall SARAH KIRBY

Last night may have been cold, but the island beats and layers of sound from the UNC’s Percussion Ensemble concert kept Foundation Hall echoing with warmth. The concert was made up of three separate ensembles with 28 percussion members in total. “A unique aspect of a percussion ensemble is that we can do so many different styles of music,” said Gray Barrier, professor of music and percussion head. “‘Crown of Thorns,’ by David Maslanka, is a classical-oriented style, and ‘Mass,’ by John Mackey, has elements of classical and

pop. There are a variety of musical styles. No two pieces are going to sound the same.” Barrier said he wanted to represent not only American music but also world music in the concert. Each student was expected to be proficient in every percussion instrument, and with world music repertoire, the instruments are vast and sometimes are obscure. A soulful Afro-Cuban piece included melodic song and a steady beat. It also featured the cajon, a type of beaded gourd and traditional Cuban instrument. In “Tusk,” by David Jarvis, the marimba created a dissonance that ruffled the long grass in a

safari adventure. The herds of antelope, drops of rain and even the clairvoyant tone of a conch shell pulled the listener in and out of an adventure purely through sound. “My favorite piece tonight was ‘Unseen Child’ by Bob Becker; it was beautiful,” said Janice Dickhessts, a professor of music history. “I come to these performances because you can get all of these different sounds.” “Mass” showcased dancers from the UNC department of dance. Christy O’Connell-Black choreographed the piece, and the Percussion Ensemble plans to perform it next semester when John

Mackey comes to visit for the UNC Conductors’ Symposium. Dan Obluda, a director and adjunct professor of music, said, “Overall, I thought it was a great performance. Everyone got to contribute in (his or her) own way. I really enjoyed the pieces that were not directed by the faculty because the students had a moment to create. The students had to make artistic decisions, and everything went particularly well.” The Percussion Ensembles practice several hours throughout the week, and a crowd of about 100 music enthusiasts were eager to listen to this product of practice.


From left: sophomore music education major Kyle Waggoner, sophomore performance major Chase Carlon and senior performance major Breana Meyers perform.

UNC and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra present arias RYAN LAMBERT Monfort Hall at the Union Colony Civic Center will be filled with the sounds of arias, an Italian term associated with one performer singing a song accompanied by an orchestra, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. “We had to get creative with our fall main stage production,” said Colleen Jackson, the graduate assistant for Opera Theatre at UNC. The staff of the opera program had a small goal for Saturday’s show: perform the music from

famous operas without having an audience sit through several long shows. Five notable composers will be featured for the showcasing: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Strauss and Leonard Bernstein. “If you go to one opera, you get one story,” Jackson said. “You get the best of the best here.” Because Brian Luedloff, director of Opera Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado, is on a sabbatical for the semester, Jackson, a second year graduate student in voice

performance, was thrust into the role of interim opera coordinator. “It has been a nice opportunity to build rapport with faculty and students,” Jackson said about her new position. The Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany UNC student performers. It has been more than 20 years since UNC had a partnership with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra is soon to celebrate its 100th anniversary, so it wanted to rekindle its relationship with UNC.

Glen Cortese, who has served as director of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra for the past five years, serves as maestro for the performances. More than 30 students will perform arias, including upperclassmen and graduate students. Jackson herself will perform “Caro Nome” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” a tragedy about a duke’s love for many women and the messy consequences that such loves bring about. The arias have already received praise. The Denver Lyric Opera Guild, for example, referred to

Saturday’s showing as “the best from UNC in a while.” James Myers, a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and a music instructor at Metropolitan State College, was brought in to assist performers with foreign diction and musical abilities. The Opera Theatre staff recognizes that the context of the music is just as vital as its music. Thus, Luedloff will return to Greeley to emcee the event and explain to the audience the plots from which the arias come.

Tickets for the show are $12 and can be purchased at Frasier Hall box office or the UCCC box office. \\ “The real draw is local talent. It’s your students, your talent performing, and having the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra is a plus,” Jackson said. “It will hold students to a higher caliber of performance.”

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Women’s basketball team prepares for season MICHAEL NOWELS

The UNC women’s basketball team tips off the new season Saturday at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. The University of Northern Colorado will look to build on momen-

tum gained through being co-champions of the Big Sky regular season before bowing out in the conference tournament. The Bears lost four seniors to graduation this offseason, two of which averaged more than 10 minutes a game. Three freshmen come to the team this year:


UNC sophomore center Kirsten Hess (33) is defended in practice by sophomore forward Kim Lockridge while junior guard Victoria Timm (15) looks on.

forwards Lindsay Mallon and Amber Van Deudekom and center Stephanie Lee. The team is laden with young talent, with only two seniors in Bears jerseys, guard Amy Marin and forward Kaisha Brown. The young players must learn the playbook in time for the season, and head coach Jaime White said she is making sure they are getting that opportunity. “We’ll ask them to write out the plays multiple times throughout the season and before,” White said. “It’s just really important that we understand our offenses before we start the season.” Leading the charge for UNC is Brown, who said she sees herself being a vocal leader this season. “I’m more of a leader by communication,” Brown said. “I know the plays, I’ve

I’m more of a leader by communication. I know the plays, I’ve been here about the longest and had the most experience, I’d say.

— Kaisha Brown, UNC senior forward been here for about the longest and had the most experience, I’d say.” So far, White said the team has done a good job of buckling down on defense. She also said the team must improve its half-court offense. “I think our strength lies in our transition a little bit right now,” White said. “I think our defense is pretty decent — solid. I

think we have to get better at set offenses — screening and reading the defense a little bit more. That usually takes a little while to understand.” One of the major challenges coming back into the season is getting back into the right mindset to play games. Junior forward Lauren Oosdyke said she has to temper her intensity in order to be successful. “It’s all about trying to not get nervous before games because you always have that hype before your first game,” Oosdyke said. Oosdyke said she believes that last year’s team helped gain the self-belief that this year’s group will need to be successful. “We have the motivation and confidence to know that we can do well,” she said.

Brown said she has a looser goal for herself this year. “My goal this year is just to take it one day at a time and not think about the past,” she said. “So far, I think I’m doing a pretty good job. All I have to do is count on my teammates and just have fun with my teammates. I know if I have fun, this year will turn out great.” If the season is fun for Brown and the Bears, it could be an enjoyable one for those in the student section at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion as well.

Next Game: Bradley University 1 p.m. Saturday Peoria, Ill.

UNC outside hitter thankful for career despite adversity DAVID WILSON

There have been a lot of firsts in UNC senior outside hitter Breanna Williams’ career to date. She started her first game as a freshman. She was a part of the first University of Northern Colorado volleyball team to win a Big Sky Conference championship. However, Williams will tell you every moment of her four-year career has not come easily. Williams arrived on the UNC campus as a dominating freshman hitter. She

spiked 150 kills in her first year in 83 sets played, the most kills in a single season during her career. She lost her spot sophomore year to now-junior outside hitter Breanna Kelley Arnold, the fourth-ranked kills leader in Bears history. The roadblocks continued in her junior season. Williams returned to her starting role and was on pace for a breakout season, but 14 matches into the year, a leg injury and two surgeries cut

her season short. Despite the roller coaster ride that has been her career, Williams handled the adversity and ran with her new Williams role. She has traded in most of her kill attempts for digs to become a defensive presence. “I cherish the game more than I ever have,” Williams said. “I love the game more than I ever have because I know what it’ll be like when I don’t have it anymore after

January. I’m not taking this time for granted.” Williams can swing when her leg allows her to get up, and she is seventh on the team with 87 kills. Her 191 digs this season are good for fourth best this season. “She has really made big contributions every year that she’s been healthy,” UNC head coach Lyndsey Benson said. “Even though it’s a back-row role, it’s a huge role because of her energy. With as much energy and leadership that she provides, we want her on the court somewhere.” Williams said she has real-

ly embraced this year’s team because of the work it is willing to put into reaching another championship. Her relationship with her teammates has extended from the locker room to her own room, as well. The freshman who beat her out of the starting spot in 2009, Arnold, is now Williams’ roommate and close friend. “Since my freshman year, I’ve always looked up to her as to how I should act on the court and how I should act off the court,” Arnold said. “She has so much heart for everything she does, and that’s something I see in myself as

well. I definitely hope to keep on playing with the same passion she does.” After four seasons in a Bears’ uniform mixed with tremendous successes and challenging low points, Williams said she has never been prouder in her career than this season. “Looking, as a senior, right now at the team that I have before me makes me so proud every day,” Williams said. “We have a relationship with each other that I’ll never have with anyone else. I can look into each one of their eyes and see we are all on the same page.”

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A Harrison Hall sprinkler head was damaged by a student Monday evening, causing six residential rooms to flood.

Will Chapman, the hall director of Harrison Hall, said the property damage was contained to the room the break occurred in, and custodial cleaning effort is ongoing. Cleanup and inspection should

take another day or two. The students, whose names or room numbers Chapman could not disclose, are able to remain in their rooms except for those in the room where the accident occurred.

Temporary lodging will be found for those students. Chapman advised students against hanging things from or tampering with the sprinkler heads. He said if anything damages the sensitive part of

New major focuses on students’ interest AMANDA STOUTENBURGH A new major at UNC offers students the chance to study the world they live in on a much larger scale. The political science and international affairs department introduced their new major, international affairs,

during the major’s reception Monday. The new major offers a more focused study of the field than the international studies major, which was offered at the University of Northern Colorado in the past. “We thought the old one wasn’t really focused,” said


Daniel Walker Murray, left, a senior international affairs major, asks questions about the new major during the political science and international affairs department’s reception Monday.

Christiane Olivo, an associate professor of political science and international affairs. This major was created last year, and classes were available to students this semester. Students must choose either area studies or international political economy to emphasize in under the new major, allowing students to focus on their area of interest. Students are still required to have studied a foreign language. Sarah Chaney, a sophomore international affairs major, said she is very excited for the new major. The old major, she said, was random in the required classes and had no focus. The international affairs major allows Chaney to take classes in her interest area, Africa and

the Middle East. There are many jobs available to those with an international affairs major, like careers with the state department, international businesses, other government jobs and more. Stan Lugar, the chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, said about 25-30 students have already declared this as their major. Lugar also said because the world is more connected, having an understanding of what is going on is important for the future. “We try to steer people towards what they might be interested in,” Lugar said. Studying abroad and doing international internships benefit the students within this major.

the sprinklers, water will be released. Chapman said similar sprinkler-related accidents happen about once every couple years. “Don’t throw footballs around your room or (put) anything near the sprinkler

head,” Chapman said. “The best thing is to protect yourself as a resident and make sure your parents’ homeowners insurance covers you…the university is not liable for damage to your property.”

Campus unites to host ‘intellectual potluck’ Andrews from Page 2 Horse theft was also very common because everyone wanted the respectability and wealth that came with owning a horse. Horses helped Native Americans and influenced their lives in a variety of ways and were even incorporated into their cosmologies, like Crazy Horse. The Native Americans even bred a new horse breed, the Appaloosa. Lauren Surbrugg, a sophomore elementary education major, said she enjoyed Andrews’ presentation and learned a lot. “Humans and horses go hand in hoof to make the plains a better place,” Surbrugg said.

A variety of departments and offices came together to bring Andrews to UNC, including the Office of the Provost, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, University College, the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership, Native American Student Services, the Departments of Geography, Hispanic studies, history and Political Science and International Affairs. Joan Clinefelter, the chair of the history department, said having so many departments come together to bring Andrews to UNC was like an “intellectual potluck.”


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Going from brown and black to blue and gold On Veterans Day, UNC vets don shirts recognizing their service BENJAMIN WELCH

Military veterans at UNC will be uniformed in school colors Friday to honor their dedication to the United States. The gold T-shirt with blue “UNC” on the front and “Veteran” on the back with a depiction of soldiers is basic compared to the pressed and proper uniforms they once wore, but to former service members,

it’s a sign of unity and appreciation. “There’s definitely some pride in it, and it’s more of a pride for what they’ve done as well as a camaraderie thing,” said Danny Gross, a junior English major and veterans advocate for the Office of Veterans Services. “It’s a veteran pride, it’s a military pride and it’s a school pride. It’s a way of building the community.” Dubbed “Operation:


The Office of Veterans Services designed T-shirts to outfit about 150 former service member students to recognize their efforts on Veterans Day Friday.

It’s a veteran pride, it’s a military pride and it’s a school pride. It’s a way of building the community. — Danny Gross, a junior English major. Thank A Vet,” the Office of Veterans Services will provide about 150 T-shirts to veteran students, faculty and staff, a number Gross said exceeded expectations. The shirts are a way for University of Northern Colorado community members to identify and thank those who sacrificed for their country. “On November 11, students and other staff members that have not served can recognize, ‘Hey, that’s a veteran right there. That’s somebody who’s actually put their life on the line for the freedoms that we have,’” Gross said.

Organizers from the OVS said they wanted to create an event to pay tribute to living veterans, something that may be overlooked on Veterans Day. “A lot of people don’t really see Veteran’s Day as a way to honor vets who are living,” Gross said. “Sadly, it sometimes gets lumped in with Memorial Day, but we wanted to stress the importance of service members who have gotten out of the military and who are now starting a new life for themselves.” After trading in their fatigues for backpacks, identifying a military veteran can be difficult on a college campus. Though some may be a few years older than the average student, others may have no distinguishing features recognizable upon first glance. “Personally, I’m not going to go out and look for people to thank me, and I can guarantee 90 percent or more are the same way,” says Stephen Vought, a jun-

ior chemistry major and veterans advocate. “So, this is kind of a passive way to let people know they’re a veteran, and if they want to, people can come up and say something.” Lucus DeKinder, the assistant registrar for OVS, said the distinct T-shirts will give veterans a way to recognize each other and show their prominence at UNC. “It will provide more interest in having people look a little deeper in some of their stories and talk to them and build more of a community on campus,” DeKinder said. “Most veterans are pretty low-key as far as their service goes, so we thought we’d bring the recognition to them.” Before Operation: Thank A Vet could be implemented, however, OVS advocates had to consider whether or not veterans would want to be publicly recognized for their selfless acts of service. “It’s a visibility thing. It’s encouraging people to say

something, because a lot of people don’t want to say anything,” said Tamsen Thistlehawk-Ranck, a sophomore anthropology major and veterans advocate. “And usually, the people who do want to say something seem to have a negative take…it’s a chance to give other students a chance to say something, hopefully positive, and let them know there’s a lot of us on campus.” Though their respective pasts may separate traditional and veteran students, inclusion and recognition is the focal point for Operation: Thank A Vet. “We’ve all had different experiences in the military, and we’ve all had different experiences when coming to school,” Gross said, “but I think it’s important to honor those people who have served because they’ve done something that not many people in the United States have.”

Rescheduled Dia de los Muertos event pays tribute to dead Altars from Page 4 knowledge of the altars to the other members of the class and the community.” Other students said they felt the same way about the event. “It was great preparing for the event,” said Rachel Schreiber, a freshman early childhood education major. “Making the projects

was a great experience.” There are many different customs within Chicano culture that were seen during the Altars event. “The custom of paying tribute to the dead is worldwide and is celebrated by different cultures on various days of the year,” Falcon said. “Many families often celebrate at the gravesite in the form of

music, prayer and memory. Traditionally, many believe that the departed loved ones come home for a visit and therefore should be welcomed in music, song and festivities. Falcon said food is another important aspect of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. “Calaveras,” or sugar skulls, are a popular food item. The skulls are often

decorated with bright colors and are used to both honor and serve as a mortality reminder to the living. “The calaver is used to poke fun at death but is also a stark reminder that, regardless of our temporary youth, beauty, power or wealth, all of us will eventually become skeletons,” Falcon said. This year’s celebration

included themes such as Aztec celebration, modern day celebrations, popular poems, Jose Guadalupe Posada, K-12 teaching units on the Dia de los Muertos, children’s literature and toys of the Day of the Dead. “The Day of the Dead is, in general, a happy celebration of family and fond memories of loved ones,” Falcon said.

The Day of the Dead is, in general, a happy celebration of family and fond memories of loved ones. — Priscilla Falcon, professor of Hispanic studies

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 e-Mirror  

This is The Mirror's electronic edition for Nov. 9, 2011