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Sammy Adams, a rapper from Boston, addresses the crowd at the spring concert Saturday in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
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With the first month of classes in the past and temperatures finally rising, the need to let loose and have fun on campus has become more prevalent. The University Program Council anticipated this emergence of seasonal behavior with its annual spring concert. Saturday, Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion was met with a throng of students eagerly awaiting the start of the event, which featured headliners Sammy Adams and Shwayze. “I had never heard of either artist before,” said Christian Romero-Perry, a junior double major in communication and philos-
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ophy. “I was invited by a friend and thought it would be a fun time.” Students may recognize Shwayze, stage name for rapper Aaron Smith and his partner Cisco Adler, for the hit “Corona and Lime” or their recently released minialbum titled “The W’s.” This laidback duo won the hearts of many in 2008 with their relaxed take on hip-hop that brings to mind all the key components of a summer night — the beach, a breeze and a couple of beers. Their ride to fame was documented with the help of MTV on the reality series “Buzzin’.”
Overall, I think that’s what made it enjoyable, seeing the students have a good time and enjoying the event. — Christian RomeroPerry, a junior communication and philosophy major
Sammy Adams didn’t have the advantage of a wellknown name on his side, but that didn’t stop him from kicking off the show with a hyped-up performance that had the crowd moving. Adams cites popular culture as his biggest influence and inspiration. “I pay attention to trends, popular music and what’s ‘in’ with different crowds,” Adams said. This absorption of pop music is apparent in Adams’ musical style, which is a direct reflection of his merging dubstep with a deeply rooted hiphop influence. Electro beats and tight rap verses had the crowd going wild just in time for Shwayze to take the stage. Shwayze is known for a dynamic live persona, and Saturday night’s performance was no exception. Adler and Smith owned the stage and surrounding bleachers that served as their arena for the night. The duo delivered their lines with the kind of ease that can only come from experience. “The reaction of the crowd just takes you,” Adler said. Feeding from the energy of
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Arron “Shwayze” Adams, left, and Cisco perform “Buzzin’” to a crowd on Saturday in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The hip-hop duo performed with Boston rapper Sammy Adams, who performed dubstep and electro-style pieces. the crowd, Shwayze even went as far as letting a fan sing along onstage. It was clear from the abundant head banging, fist pumping and crowd surfing that most people were in high spirits.
There were, however, a few drawbacks. Just like at any concert, pushing and shoving ran rampant and more than one fight broke out due to rising tensions. Iris Fernandez, a freshman
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history major, explained the problem. “I think the worst part was the overcrowding in the center,” Fernandez said. “Maybe next time, they can set up the stage area in a different way so that it’s not as crowded.” Ultimately, the spring concert turned out to be what students said they were looking for: a night to remember. “Overall I think that’s what made it most enjoyable, seeing the students have a good time and enjoying the event,” Romero-Perry said.
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Apathetic individuals feed off frustration of others Where are the motivated supposed to turn when their aspirations and ideas are met with stonewalled unwillingness and a lack of enthusiasm? As circumstance would have it, progress is often met with hurdles of uncontrollable obstacles, and its path is laden with sinkholes of indifference. During these times, it is easy to succumb to the initial boiling emotions brought on by impatience and a failure to communicate. It is not uncommon to lose focus of the task at hand, worrying only about how someone won’t care about something
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curveballs, and as college students, it is a right to make mistakes and learn from them — that is an integral part of the academy — and marginal errors muts be forgiven. Those who do not wish to take the extra step and challenge themselves are welcome to revel in their own untended gardens, but it does not mean those individuals who seek to define the “higher” in higher education are above common courtesy. Think twice, check the tone and life will be much simpler. Otherwise it’s a quick trip to being at the butt-end of 1,000 really bad jokes from your peers.
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he or she think, “Why would anyone want to work with this person? Let’s make their life a living hell, instead.” And then everything comes crashing down. The only way to get around these situations is to remain aware of what is trying to be accomplished. It never helps to berate anyone on the grounds that things aren’t going the way they should. Instead, keeping a low temper, finding out what exactly is happening and what can be dons will in the long run help achieve things much easier. Life is going to continue to throw
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as much as he or she should. This unwillingness to understand someone else’s point of view can stir anger in a highly motivated person, which can cripple projects, relationships and sometimes even more. Things aren’t always what they seem. To quote the late actor Tony Curtis, “Service to others is the rent we pay for our time on this planet.” Beating the chest, stomping feet and going on a verbal scourge-like warpath only exacerbates situations. Projecting negative reactions to things that can be fixed may even fuel the apathy of the person who doesn’t want to participate, making
ov. John Hickenlooper announced his prothe 2011-2012 state budget this week. Hickenlooper proposed cutting $375 million from public schools this year. Colorado is already ranked 48th in the nation for K-12 spending. This is unacceptable. A cut of that magnitude would directly affect class size and schools’ performance, as well as severely weaken arts programs, which are unfortunately the first to go when the money’s gone. It would pain me to see any execu-
tive of our state support such a preposterous plan. But with Hickenlooper, it’s even more heartbreaking. His decision sharply contrasts his attitude during the campaign for governor — he was the education candidate. On his website he wrote, “We must continue our investment in building a 21stcentury-education system in Colorado. Without a strong education system, job creation and economic development cannot be sustained.” Apparently, what he meant is we must expect our teachers to provide a quality education without support from the state. In addition to the public education cuts, Hickenlooper proposes slashing $36 million from higher education. Rather than caving to conservative pressure, Hickenlooper
must increase revenue to beat back a $1 billion shortfall. Yes, this means raising taxes, but only on the very wealthiest of the state, some of whom are the governor’s buddies. Due to the state’s damaging TABOR, this can’t be done without approval of voters. So at the moment, it’s unrealistic. But Hickenlooper hasn’t even suggested a tax raise, insisting that the people of the state will not want to see taxes go up in the current economic drought. His Democratic cohorts aren’t going to be happy with him. They’re right to challenge him, as well. If legislators allow education to take a backseat, they will look careless, not shrewd. Hickenlooper himself admitted, “The choices we are making today will hurt.” Perhaps it
is time to make choices out of power and control, not fear. I respect the state’s effort to balance the budget. It’s the crux of Hickenlooper’s job. But taking away from Colorado’s kids rather than Colorado’s highincome taxpayers is a rotten plan, a sort of reverse Robin Hood. And a rotten plan will cause a stench in the state’s economy. Past Hickenlooper had his heart in the right place, but was unprepared for the challenges facing present Hickenlooper. Let’s hope the future version can stand up for education and be the fearless leader we voted for in November. —Mark Maxwell is a junior theater arts major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.
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The UNC College of Natural and Health Sciences hosted its third annual scrapbooking fundraiser Saturday to raise money for undergraduate and graduate students’ research proposals. “We try to raise $2,500 a semester and $5,000 a year,” said Beckie Croissant, administrative aide to the NHS dean. “The most a student can ask for is $400.” Sandy Pope, the administrative specialist, said the funds go into an endowment for the students. This year, Croissant and Pope said they hope to break their goal of the past two years. “For the first two years, we’ve been able to raise $1,400 a year,” Croissant said. “We’re hoping to break that goal.” Croissant and Pope decided to have the fundraiser be about scrap-
People from previous years bring more people. this is our way of being able to contribute to the fund. We really believe in it and wanted to help out in some way. — Sandy Pope, NHS administrative specialist
booking because they both enjoy it as a hobby. “Scrapbooking is something that we’ve done that we thought we could pull off,” Pope said. “So we took the idea to the dean, and she said to go for it.” The two got most of the ideas for how to host a scrapbooking party, from others. The successes of the last two years have propelled the fundraiser to help out more students each year to fund their proposals. “People continue to come back,” Croissant said. “The first time we held the fundraiser, we were expecting 20 people. We already have people signed up for the following year.” This year, enthusiasts lined up to enter the event. “We have a waiting list, and a group of 19 coming,” Pope said. “People from previous years bring more people. This is our way of being able to contribute to the fund. We really believe in it and wanted to help out in some way.” Unlike some University of Northern Colorado events, the fundraiser was hosted on a Saturday to allow busy people to attend. “Most of these people have full time jobs, so they wouldn’t be able to come to the event if it were held on a weekday,” Croissant said. “Most of them stay at a hotel Friday and Saturday.” Students who participated in the event said
they were excited about having an opportunity to help out fellow students simply by sitting and socializing. “This is a really awesome opportunity to help out the same program I’m involved in,” said Dani Flynn, a senior biology major. “I also went to the fundraiser last year, and it was fun. My mom, who is also a vendor for the event, and I have been scrapbooking for years.” Next year’s scrapbooking fundraiser will be conducted Feb. 18, 2012. For more information, visit www.unco.edu/nhs.
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Rhonda Cook, right, works on putting photos in a book with her daughter, Kat Cook, a sophomore pre-nursing major, Saturday at the NHS Scrapbooking Social Fundraiser in the University Center Ballrooms.
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The UNC men’s basketball team held on to defeat New Mexico State, 82-80, Saturday, in a non-conference road win that will add to the team’s resume as the regular season winds down. Playing in ESPN’s BracketBuster series, the University of Northern Colorado (15-10, 10-3 Big Sky) had to fight to the ver y last second of the game to seal the win. With UNC leading, 8180, UNC senior for ward Taylor Montgomery took a charge with four seconds remaining in the game to give the ball back to the Bears. UNC senior forward Chris Kaba took the ensuing inbounds pass and was fouled, which took one second off the clock. Kaba missed the first free throw
and made the second to put the Bears up two before the Aggies took a timeout to draw up a play. NMSU junior for ward Troy Gillenwater was able to get a decent look on a 3pointer, but the shot hit off the side of the backboard as time expired, giving UNC its first win of the season when allowing an opponent to score 80 or more points. Gillenwater’s last shot was representative of how the second half of the game went. Gillenwater had averaged 20.3 points per game but was held to 13, one of which came after halftime. UNC senior guard Devon Beitzel carried the load for the Bears with 28 points, which led all scorers. Coming off a game against Montana on Feb. 12 in which only two UNC
starters recorded points and the team as a whole shot 23 percent, UNC rebounded with four of the five starters scoring in double figures against NMSU (14-13, 8-4 WAC). Kaba and fellow senior for ward Neal Kingman notched 15 points each and Montgomer y added 11. The only starter not to record points was sophomore guard Elliott Lloyd, who made up for his lack of points with a personal game-high eight assists. Kingman scored the team’s first eight points as UNC jumped to an early 11-point lead. NMSU took two brief 1-point leads, but the Bears answered each time and went into intermission leading by nine. A layup from Montgomery put UNC up 54-43 early in the second half, but the Aggies slowly
crept back into the game. NMSU got within one several times but was never able to take the lead. The last occurrence came after a NMSU free throw to make it 81-80. Neither team scored before Kaba’s free throw sealed the victory with three seconds left. The win boosted UNC’s RPI rating to 120, which is only seven points behind Montana, which lost to Long Beach State Saturday. Should UNC and Montana both win their remaining conference games, RPI rating will be the tiebreaker to determine which team hosts the conference tournament. The Bears face nonconference foe North Dakota (13-12, 5-3 Great West Conference) at 7:05 p.m. tonight at ButlerHancock Sports Pavilion before returning to conference play.
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UNC sophomore guard Elliott Lloyd attempts a dunk in practice earlier this season. Lloyd was held scoreless, but had eight assists in the win over NMSU.
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The UNC women’s basketball team shot 43 percent after halftime and scored 5 1 points in a comeb a c k victoWomen’s Basketball r y, 7865, over Sacramento State, Saturday in Sacramento, Calif. The Hornets (3-22, 012) were up eight after a 3-
pointer from senior guard Tika Koshiyama-Diaz with 40 seconds gone by in the second half. UNC (15-11, 10-3) got points from four players in UNC’s ensuing 12-1 run that gave the Bears a 3-point lead with 16:02 remaining in the game. Sacramento State answered with a 3-pointer to tie it, but UNC sophomore for ward Lauren Oosdyke got a layup on the next possession to put UNC on top for good. The Bears built their lead to seven points before Sacramento State fought
back to within two points. UNC countered, and the Hornets never got closer than two points the rest of the way as the Bears kept knocking down shots and free throws en route to amassing a 16-point lead, the largest of the game, with 1:45 remaining. Oosdyke led the Bears with 17 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists, and Strange recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with five steals. Freshman forward Kim
Lockridge and sophomore pointers made in a career of guard Victoria Timm both 173. came off the bench to proJunior for ward Kaisha vide some Brown scored eight scoring, finpoints in addition to ishing with recording six 13 and 12 rebounds and a p o i n t s , career-high seven respectively. assists. UNC senThe Hornets got ior guard out to an early lead in Courtney the game and gave Stoermer fin- D’shara Strange UNC a fight for the ished with entire first half. The recorded her fourth nine points Bears took a 1-point double-double of and is now lead with 14:12 just one 3- the season against remaining in the first pointer shy the Hornets. half, but Sacramento of tying the State senior guard school’s record for most 3- Jasmine Cannady hit a 3-
pointer to put the Hornets on top for the rest of the half. With the win, UNC holds a half-game lead over Montana State and Montana in the Big Sky and has three regular season games remaining, the first of which comes at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, against Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz.
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The UNC Pre-Health Professionals Club volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Saturday to help the Greeley community and students who are looking to be a part of health services in the future.
â€œWe like to do as many volunteering opportunities as possible; thatâ€™s why weâ€™re working with Habitat for Humanity,â€? said Deidre Shutte, treasurer of the PHPC. â€œWe also work with the Weld County Food Bank.â€? The PHPC is an organization that intends to help people around the community, and its students benefit from
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the experience they acquire on such jobs. Both PHPC and Habitat have stated a commitment to helping those in the community lead better lives. â€œMost of the people who are benefited from Habitat for Humanity live in homes that arenâ€™t up to code or there is overcrowding,â€? said Chrystal Weigum, president of the PHPC. â€œSo their health is at risk.â€? The club has been working with Habitat for Humanity for the past couple of years. â€œWe help them build homes once or twice throughout the year,â€? Shutte said. The pre-health students worked on two homes this weekend. Usually, they only work on one. Twelve club members attended the service event, as well as volunteering
multicultural greek members. â€œWe give our members the unique opportunity to serve their community,â€? Weigum said. â€œI love getting to know the new homeowner and seeing their face when they get their new home. Itâ€™s really great to help people out.â€? According to the PHPC website at www.unco.edu/clubs/prehealth/, the groupâ€™s purpose is to â€œpromote the pursuit of professionals in the field of health by educating our peers about the processes involved in gaining entrance to professional schools offering these degrees while providing members with opportunities to be exposed to these professions in a way which allows them to make well-informed, sound decisions.â€? Their mission is to â€œprovide their members with the information and materials to
be successful in their attempts to gain entrance to any accredited professional institution/university offering health-related, post-baccalaureate degrees.â€? Members of the club said they hope to help out more
people in the future by continuing their partnership with Habitat for Humanity. â€˜This really is an established event,â€? Weigum said. â€œI hope the future boards continue it. Itâ€™s a great way to impact our community.â€?
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A Pre-Health Professional Club member knocks down a wall in a volunteer job with Habitat for Humanity. Club members said they hope to keep working with Habitat.
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During a game, UNC senior center Brittany Fernandez is all business on the court for the women’s basketball team. Off the court, it’s a much different story. Junior guard Kaisha Brown said she sees the difference very clearly. “On the court, she’s serious,” Brown said. “You don’t want to mess with Brittany on the court, but off the court, she’s the one cracking all the jokes and we’re all having a blast together.” All jokes aside, University of Northern Colorado head coach Jaime White said Fernandez is one of UNC’s most powerful weapons, both offensively and defensively. “I really believe Brittany is one of the best posts in this conference, when she plays hard,” White said. “She’s strong enough, she’s athletic, she can run the floor, she can literally score over or through anyone.” White said Fernandez’s defensive efforts on the court are a major reason why the team has already put up the most wins, 10, in the Big Sky since the school’s move to the conference in the 200506 season. Fernandez broke the school’s Division I record for blocks in a season by recording one block in the team’s loss to Montana on Feb. 12. Senior guard Courtney Stoermer set the record of 26 last season, but the record now stands at 28. “Just the physical, defen-
sive presence,” White said. “She has the ability to get five rebounds in one minute, so rebounding is a huge key.” Fernandez, a sociology major from Kansas C i t y, Mo., credits h e r mother for motiBrittany Fernandez vating her to holds the school’s p l a y Division I record basket- for most blocks in b a l l . a season with 28. Fernandez also ran track in high school and said she had a difficult time choosing between track and basketball. The decision, she said, came down to her and a close track teammate’s differing choices of a junior college. “It was a hard decision, choosing track over basketball,” Fernandez said. “The reason I picked basketball was because initially I was going to sign to run track, but I didn’t sign with the (junior college) that I was going to go to, and my teammate was getting recruited by another school.” The choice, she said, was easy after that. “The coach wanted me, too, so I was like, ‘I guess I’m not running track anymore,’” Fernandez said. After graduation, Fernandez said she intends to return home to her native Kansas City to pursue a career in criminal justice counseling. Although not immediately after graduation, she also plans on
attending graduate school to get her master’s degree. “With my degree, I’m not going to go straight to grad school,” Fernandez said. “I want to get my master’s in the area of criminal justice.” The UNC women’s basketball team will try to send Fernandez and the rest of the Bears’ seniors out on a high note, chasing their firstever Big Sky Conference title. Even with the defensive skill, Brown said the team will definitely miss Fernandez’s off-court humor, which helped bring them together as a team. “She brings a vital role to this team and just keeping us all together and just cracking jokes and giving ever yone hard times over ever y little thing,” Brown said of Fernandez. “We’ll miss Brittany a lot.”
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