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Ar tists display oil p a i n t i n g s

News Center honors women in history The Marcus Garvey Cultural Center hosts the first event of this year’s Black History Month. PAGE 4

Sports Men’s hoops gets OT win at NAU The men’s basketball team defeats NAU Monday and plays Sacramento State in next game. PAGE 6

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Upcoming In Friday’s issue of The Mirror, read about UNC’s 2012 Lunar New Year celebration and carnival.


Eric Chester, an author and consultant, gives a demonstration during his business presentation Tuesday in Milne Auditorium.

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Bikers race across state without leaving campus COLLEEN ALLISON Some UNC students are preparing to bike 560 miles across Colorado, starting in the southwestern corner and ending at the northeastern border of the state. The catch is that the students will complete the entire trip without leaving the University of Northern Colorado by riding stationary bikes at the Campus Recreation Center. For the first time ever,

the CRC is hosting the Bike Across Colorado program using stationary bikes. LeeAnne Kosovich, a graduate assistant for Fitness and Wellness with the CRC, said the program is a friendly competition to see who will be able to finish the “race” first and log the most miles. “The Bike Across Colorado program allows students to tackle a fitness challenge in a fun way while using a stationary bike to ride the

amount of miles it takes on roads from Cortez to Julesburg,” Kosovich said.

Students will have the entire month to ride and log miles starting today.

Quote of the day

Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there’s got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you’re at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together. -- Yo-Yo Ma


William Woods, a senior journalism and environmental sustainability major, works out on a stationary bike at the Campus Recreation Center.

The race ends on Feb. 29. “Students ‘travel’ the state on stationary bikes by logging their miles at the front desk, and then we have a bulletin board where participants can move their bicyclist icons across the board, from one city to another, based on how many miles they have ridden,” Kosovich said. Bike Across Colorado is an individual competition, but students are encouraged to go to the gym and bike together to motivate each other. “I absolutely encourage people to sign up with friends and motivate each other to keep going,” Kosovich said. Bike Across Colorado is also an opportunity to make fitness enjoyable for students. “Making fitness fun and providing a challenge

for individuals to tackle are two ways of increasing a person’s motivation to take part in fitness,” Kosovich said. If there is a big turnout this year, the CRC will consider hosting the race again next year. The CRC has hosted other competitions in the past, such as the strongman and strongwoman competitions.

Bike Across Colorado Students can sign up at the front desk of the Campus Recreation Center. The last day to register is Feb. 3. All participants receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call the CRC at 970-351-2062.

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TESSA BYRNS Nearly every student on college campuses across the nation is on Facebook, posting funny pictures or checking in at a hot spot; however, not all students know the damage they can be doing to their online reputations. In recognition of Data Privacy Month, UNC hosted a webinar Monday to help students resuscitate their reputations if they have been spoiled through social media and the Internet. The webinar was hosted by Matt Ivester, the author of the book, “lol...OMG!:

What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying.” “The university likes to put on these special events if they want the student body to learn something really important that month,” said Jessica Behunin, security analyst with Information Technology at UNC. “October was cyber security month, so it’s all about designating a time for the students to learn about a specific topic that is important to them and that will help them in some way.” Ivester gave students a look at how their online pro-

files can both help and hurt them. “Posting anything discriminatory, posting anything involving drugs and alcohol or even a post that can exhibit poor communication skills can have potential employers or even potential college admissions officers looking for a more appropriate candidate,” Ivester said. Most students who are overlooked for potential jobs and colleges don’t protect themselves or their profiles on sites like Facebook, Twitter or other social media outlets. To protect oneself,

Ivester suggests completing an inventory of all the inappropriate pictures, posts or things friends have tagged a student in and either removing them or blocking them from certain people so potential employers and admissions officers won’t be able to see what students would normally want only their peers to see. “There are four steps to a better online reputation,” Ivester said. “First, take an inventory of all your past posts, pictures and tags that you’re in, then delete the content you can control and ask See Webinar, Page 4

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Unique baby names help blacks create own identity What is it with ghetto names, and what exactly does “ghetto” mean? In American society, ghetto means trashy, uneducated and, more times than not, ghetto means African American. Names that include an apostrophe, a prefix of “La,” or those that do not sound traditional are stereotyped as ghetto in the United States. Chanelle, Monique and Tatiana are deemed as nontraditional, black names, but the roots of these names are grounded in Latin, French and Russian, languages that are centuries older than English as we now know it.

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of accepting pluralism as a part of the United States’ culture, blacks are separated as the only people with these names. Misunderstood as to why they choose to be different, the black community is brushed into a corner and stereotyped as ghetto. Black culture, including the preference of names today, has trickled down from the time of slavery. The naming of a baby is a bonding experience for both child and parent, but enslaved parents did not get this pleasure; each child born into slavery carried names chosen by their slave own-

ers. When slavery was abolished, freed slaves either carried their previous owners’ last names or took on names denoting their newfound status, such as Freeman or Freedman. By renaming themselves they cut the tie linking them to those who had pulled them down. First names chosen by African Americans today hold symbolism no different than newly freed slaves in 1865. Today, the rebellion is subconscious, but the fight is equivalent to the conscious and subtle insurgence of the Freemans.

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African Americans are known for naming their children untraditionally unique names thought to be made up. At, there is a section called “African American Names,” which includes names like A’Isha and Akeem from which black mothers may choose. A good amount of the names listed are Arabic, African or Hebrew, again, languages centuries older than English. As good-hearted as the division of baby names was meant to be, it is a potentially harmful attempt at progressivism. Instead

First of all, there are certainly some similarities that exist. The emphases on rhythm, content and rhyme are the same for rap across the board. Rappers are often energetic and aggressive in their delivery, regardless of the subject, and the verse is usually where the meat of the song is, while the hook is less complex. Nonetheless, the white rapper is not expected to broach the same subject matter as the black lyricist. Common has been known to rhyme about the struggles of an inner-city lifestyle. He often talks about larger-scale issues of a whole group of people. In some ways, he is asked to speak on behalf of his race, a phenomenon that unfortunately isn’t all that uncommon, whether conscious or not. Slug, Atmosphere’s vocalist, has plenty of rhymes about relationships, which are oftentimes consid-

ered metaphors for his relationship with songwriting and music in general. Structurally, he also doesn’t stack his bars as full as Common does; he’s allowed more freedom within the configuration of the song. You may say that nobody is telling artists what they can and can’t do, but it’s the way each learned to make music, and that was influenced by their respective cultures. The inner city is more hustleand-bustle than the suburbs; things must get done more rapidly. Atmosphere runs the rap game in Minneapolis, a much less cosmopolitan piece of the Midwest. Almost all of the acts signed to Atmosphere’s label are white, and many are from Minnesota. Despite these differences, the styles are growing together. Ten or 15 years ago, most mainstream rap did not use live bands. Now, with

shows selling out 20,000-seat arenas and filling amphitheaters like Red Rocks, even in the winter, the live show is becoming more important, and that includes live bands. The film “8 Mile” painted the life of a white rapper as a constant struggle to gain acceptance in the black community. That may or may not have been the case, but now it almost certainly wouldn’t happen, both because there is so much more white rap and because white America has finally accepted rap as viable. Suburban or inner-city, fans should be able to admire a great verse, and maybe that is a sign that there is hope to bridge the gap and collaborate together in the future. — Michael Nowels is a sophomore elementary education major and weekly columnist for The Mirror.


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Center honors women for Black History Month AMANDA STOUTENBURGH The Marcus Garvey Cultural Center kicked off this year’s celebration of Black History Month with a reception Tuesday honoring 46 black women who have made and changed history in alliance with the national theme of African American Women in History and Culture. Each year, a committee decides what the national theme for the month will be, and this year, the University of Northern Colorado’s MGCC decided to follow the national theme recognizing famed black women throughout history. The reception was very laid back and casual as students and faculty mingled while staff from the MGCC

answered any questions students had. “I think it’s a really good way to kick-off Black History Month,” said Mayowa Pamphille, a junior psychology major. A slideshow played on the TV at the cultural center showing the 46 black women who have made a difference in history by breaking the race barrier in some capacity. Some of the women featured included Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King and Mae Jemison. Rosa Parks, born in 1913, was a civil rights activist. The United States Congress called her “the First Lady of Civil Rights” and “the Mother of the Freedom Movement.” Parks was an important person in the civil rights movement and died in 2005. She was granted the

honor of being laid to rest at the Capitol Rotunda. She was the first woman and the second non-government official to be granted this honor. Coretta Scott King, born in 1927, was the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., with whom she helped with leading the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. She was also an author and after the death of her husband, became active in the Women’s Movement. Up until her final days, King spoke at different events about controversial movements. In 2006, she died of respiratory failure due to advanced-stage ovarian cancer. Mae C. Jemison, born in 1956, was the first black woman to travel in space. She was aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

She is also a physician. Jemison did much in her life and has received many awards and honors. Jemison is now 55 years old and continues striving to interest minorities interested in science because she sees science and technology as a large part of society. Attendees said they thought the event was a great way to expose students to a culture they may have not been familiar with before. “I think it is wonderful,” said Deana Davies, a case manager with the Counseling Center. “It expands students and faculty’s knowledge and helps us maintain cultural sensitivity.” Megan Sajbel, a freshman business marketing major, said she liked how representatives from other cultural centers attended the event to see what the MGCC has to

offer and support the center in a crossing of cultures. “I think it is a really wellprepared event,” Sajbel said. Ty’Ray Thompson, the

director of the MGCC, said UNC has celebrated Black History Month since the cultural center was established on Feb. 2, 1982.


Chasun Ewell, left, a freshman engineering major, enjoys snacks during the Black History Month kickoff reception at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center Tuesday.

Webinar helps students protect online reputations Webinar from Page 2 friends if they can take down anything that you don’t want on the Internet. The last step is to use privacy settings. Most sites like Facebook and Google Plus have a comprehensible privacy

setting system that helps limit the items you want seen and by whom.” Ivester also said that employers and college admissions officers will not only be looking at your profile but will often hire companies that are able to look at all of a stu-

dent’s past posts and everything they have done online. These social background

checks are used by taking information from a person’s application, like phone number, address and schooling,

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Daniel Sanchez, a sociology graduate student, checks Facebook. During the webinar, Matt Ivester discussed the importance of monitoring one’s posts on social media sites.

to find them online. The companies let the students know that they are looking through their online profiles for the employer or college. If a student backs out of the process or doesn’t allow the social background check to take place, then they will often no longer be considered for the position or admission. Students seemed to be really interested in this topic not only because they know that it will help them in the working world but will also help them in the mean time. No one wants to be turned down for a job or a date because his or her

profile was unsavory. “I think this seminar was especially helpful for me as a business major because I don’t want to be passed up for a job because of my online profile,” said Alicia Machuca, a senior business marketing major. “I had no idea that employers can use social background checks on sites like Facebook. Ivester suggested other online tips for students as well, including setting up a Google alert for their names, creating and maintaining positive content and reserving their names by claiming a username and their actual names through a website domain.

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Oil paintings slide into Michener art galler y RYAN LAMBERT For artist Gail Rowe, a UNC professor emeritus of history, the lines among art, history and fiction blur. Rowe thoroughly expressed this view at the Mari Michener Gallery’s Friday evening reception, “Aspects of thought — Variations in Oil Paint,” which also displayed the work of Alan Adler. “The painter, like the historian, tries to tell a story, and we decide on the details,” said Rowe, an expert in Colonial and Revolutionary American history who also wrote four mystery novels set in Boston’s baseball scene. “We try to be realistic, but in the end, its my impression — I frame it.”

Indeed, many of Rowe’s paintings, priced between $300-$600, are landscapes of California, Colorado and Utah scenery — but the majority of his work depicts Weld County. His “Another Lazy Day” invokes a summer weekend away from the urbanized world. In the simple painting, a lake is surrounded by numerous trees. Rowe, who once taught a popular UNC class on the history of American baseball, experienced his first time speaking at an opening reception. “I have to confess that I’ve never thought deeply about art,” said the more-or-less self-trained artist. “It says I have a compulsion, but I don’t want to talk about that compulsion.”

Adler, on the other hand, has a much more intensive training as an artist; he studied under Francis Cunningham at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. According to Adler, the former owner of Loveland’s 525 Gallery, his art education was sullied by the early 1970s tendency to neglect to focus on craft. “If you studied art in the early ’70s, you got a whole lot of theory but not a lot of craft. It took me 10 years to get over that nonsense, and today, we are seeing a return to craft,” Adler said after telling a short anecdote about a literature teacher who used existential thinking to frame a discussion of a Robert Frost poem. Adler’s “Winter Light” certainly replicates the emotions expressed in Frost’s famous

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” because it takes the viewer to a secluded and lonely wood with trees burdened by heavy snow that seemingly sparks purple in the dying sun. Adler paints in the Flemish style, a technique that started in 15th century Flanders. In this style, the artist uses multiple glazes to contrast bright colors against a dark background. Often, Adler will spend weeks or months on a single piece. “I’m never in a hurry,” he said about his “Symphony in Red,” a simple still life of delicate pink flowers in a large red vase, which took Adler six months to complete. Gallery Coordinator Colette Pitcher said she chose to include these two


Paul Hodapp, a philosophy professor, looks at Alan Adler’s still lifes at the “Aspects of Thought” opening reception in Mari Michener Gallery on Friday. artists in one reception because they work in the same medium: oil. “Sometimes, it is nice to have paired work or group work,” Pitcher said. “I want people to be exposed to different kinds of art…I am

always on the lookout for variety.” “Aspects of Thought,” which was funded by The Friends of UNC Libraries, will be displayed in Michener Library through Feb. 10.

Theater professor’s textbook shines light on acting methods SARAH KIRBY After teaching thousands of students, heading workshops across the country and directing numerous theatrical productions, UNC Professor of Theater Arts Thomas McNally has now written a textbook, “Acting: The Active Process.” The book was just published by Kendall Hunt. McNally, the artistic director for the Little Theatre of the Rockies, decided after a meeting with Kendall Hunt’s acquisitions editor, William

England, that a series of outlines and handouts distributed to graduate acting students could easily be made into a professionally bound textbook. “Acting” is 103 pages, with six chapters of guided exercises, acting checklists and examples of how to obtain a certain outcome from a scene. McNally said, “My original reason to go into teaching was so I could direct. Now, I care more about the teaching than the acting. I’ve had 40-some students go onto Broadway, and I think my textbook is about

the philosophy of acting instead of what great actors say. Acting is about one character trying to get another character to do something. It’s not about line readings or how it comes out of my mouth. It’s about the actors trying to create a subtext between themselves and their scene partners.” McNally realized that when students watch a scene, they tend to know why it is not working — because the student/character is unaware of what he or she wants to convey in that scene.

To better assist his students, McNally placed check sheets in the appendix of his textbook and 350 verbs to help students locate the expression that correlates with an acting goal. Malorie Felt, a University of Northern Colorado junior theater major, assisted McNally in compiling the book over the course of four months. In relation to her acting techniques and McNally’s textbook, Felt said, “Since I have been introduced to several techniques, I have taken bits from them and combined them to suit my

needs as an actor. I like to do background work on the play and my character first, figuring out what my character wants, what stands in my way, and what I do to get what I want. McNally discusses this in his book.” Much of McNally’s textbook is centered on relationships because a character’s attitude toward another character depicts the steps that tell a story, which is what actors are in the business of doing. “I think McNally’s textbook is…very precise, direct and easy to understand,” said David Grapes, UNC’s

director of the School of Theatre Arts and Dance. “It’s a clear roadmap about how to achieve certain things as an actor: how to achieve truthfulness, how to achieve honesty, how to achieve verisimilitude when you’re speaking in dialogue and how to deal with themes that have strong emotions. His book offers a clear direct approach that is not found in other textbooks.” “Acting” is currently being used by the School of Theatre and Dance, and the textbook is sold at both the Bookstop and the UNC bookstore.

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UNC beats NAU, looks toward Hornets, Wildcats STAFF REPORT

In a game it needed to stop its descent in the Big Sky standings, the UNC men’s basketball got big performances and clutch shots from

several players to defeat Northern Arizona 64-62 in overtime Monday in Flagstaff, Ariz. University of Northern Colorado (7-13, 4-5 Big Sky) sophomore forward Emmanuel Addo followed up


UNC sophomore guard Tate Unruh, right, dribbles to avoid the double-team of freshman guard Dylan Elias, left, and freshman forward Brendan Keane last week in practice.

his 28-point performance Thursday at Idaho State with a team-high 17 points and was backed by sophomore guard Tate Unruh’s 16 points in UNC’s second win ever in Flagstaff. Bears senior forward Mike Proctor scored six points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds, besting the previous Division I school record of 15, to aid UNC’s victory. Eleven of Proctor’s rebounds came on the defensive end, helping limit NAU to six second-chance points. “Proctor finished so many big defensive possessions for us by going up and grabbing it with two hands and being strong with the ball,” UNC head coach B.J. Hill told the school’s athletics website. UNC led by as many as

nine with 11:18 remaining in the second half, but the Lumberjacks (5-17, 1-9) scored 20 points in the rest of the half to take a two-point lead with 20 seconds to go. UNC redshirt freshman Tevin Svihovec made a layup with 13 seconds left to tie it at 56 and force overtime. With NAU leading 62-61 in overtime, Svihovec stepped up again with a goahead layup with just more than a minute left, and the Lumberjacks missed on the other end, a shot that was rebounded by Proctor. UNC freshman forward Tim Huskisson added a free throw for the final margin. Svihovec finished with 11 points, his 10th consecutive game with 10 or more, while Huskisson, making his first

start in the last six games, recorded five points and six rebounds. UNC’s next two games are against teams having two vastly different seasons. The first comes at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at ButlerHancock Sports Pavilion against Sacramento State (614, 1-8), the eighth-place team in the Big Sky, behind UNC and ahead of Northern Arizona. The Hornets are led by junior forward John Dickson, who’s averaging 12.8 points per game, which ranks 11th in the conference. UNC defeated Sacramento State 61-53 Jan. 7 in Sacramento, Calif. On Saturday, the Bears are faced with a much different opponent in conferenceleading Weber State (16-4, 8-

1) in Ogden, Utah, where UNC has never won. The closest the Bears have come to getting a victory at the Dee Events Center came Jan. 29 of last year when the Wildcats won, 72-71, on a last-second 40-foot heave from now-junior guard Scott Bamforth. Weber State leads the conference in scoring, averaging 78.1 points per game, while winning its games by an average of 10.7 points. The Wildcats also boast two of the Big Sky’s top-four scorers, with Bamforth being fourth at 15.6 points per game and junior guard Damian Lillard being first at 24.4 points per game, which also classifies him as the top scorer in NCAA Division I. The Bears face Weber State at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Junior leading pack of successful, surprising sprinters TARIQ MOHAMMAD

For junior Evan Taylor of the UNC track team, life is all about putting forth the best effort. Taylor, who was a walkon for the University of Northern Colorado track and field team in the fall of 2009, has made major strides since his freshman year, and so has the Bears’ track and field program. “The recent success of my junior year is different for me,” Taylor said. “In years past, my freshman and sophomore years, I didn’t have anyone to really push me. In practice, it was me running and training by myself.” Taylor said he has been

pressured and motivated to compete at a higher level this season, mostly because of fellow sprinters on the team. “(My teammates) all are talented guys,” Taylor said. “It’s really helped me push myself in practice. I think it has helped me progress as a person.” Taylor, who has been named the Big Sky Athlete of the Week twice this season, is not only a sprinter, but a student of track. Taylor is .02 seconds shy of the school record in the 60-meter dash, and his relationship with head coach Amanda Schick has grown throughout the season, continuing to develop Taylor as a sprinter. “My relationship with Evan now is getting him to

really understand what it takes to get him to the next level,” Schick said. “I think he is finally starting to understand what he has to do on and off the track to get to where he wants to be.” The differences from this season and last are distinct. Schick, like Taylor, said with competition in practice comes excellence. “The element of practice is very different, which I think has aided in the entire sprint group’s reason for success,” Schick said. “Where one of them might have an area where they are less developed, the others fill in for that. They are able to compete against their own deficiency every single day.” The men’s sprint team is catching the conference by

surprise as three of mate again. the four sprinters That’s my boy.” are in the top-five With Grady in the 60-meter on his heels, dash, and three Taylor cannot are in the top-10 help but laugh for the 200-meter in amusement, dash. Taylor leads now running the pack as No. 1 alongside a Evan Taylor in both events. close friend. Grady, a has the best 60“We play sophomore who and 200-meter around with did not try out dash times in the each other, for the team last Big Sky this year. goofing around year, ran and and cracking worked out with jokes, but it is Taylor in high school. all business out there “(Taylor) was kind of when we get on the bummed that I didn’t track,” Grady said. “When come out last year,” it’s time to play, you play, Grady said. “He has got- and when it’s time to ten a lot faster since high work, you work.” school, up here breaking Competition between records. I’m really glad Grady and Taylor is nothing that I have him as a team- new for the roommates.

“I don’t care if it’s first to the bathroom, we have little competitions with each other,” Taylor said. “It goes way beyond sports. We wish each other a large amount of success for each other. If he’s slacking, not waking up for class, I’m going to let him know, and he will do the same for me.” Taylor said he hopes to become a coach and give back to the youth and community after he graduates. He said he loves children and cannot see himself away from sports. Whatever it may be, Taylor said he wants to be the best. “I’m going to do everything on and off the track to be a successful person,” he said.

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Alumnus gives professional advice at Monfort ALEXANDER ARMANI-MUNN Eric Chester has become a pioneer in reviving work ethic in young people after he graduated from UNC more than 30 years ago. Milne Auditorium at the University of Northern Colorado was packed to capacity as students and professors gathered to hear Chester, an alumnus and Monfort Executive Professor Speaker, discuss Tuesday what he has learned in 32 years in the professional realm. A master of his craft, Chester had no problem relating to and captivating the crowd of mostly young people. Chester spoke at length about the expectations businesses have for young employees, focusing foremost on a positive attitude. Chester also spoke adamant-

ly about the significance of the college years in determining future success. The message was simple. “Be positive, reliable, and professional,” Chester said. Chester canvassed 1,400 corporate managers to formulate his list of must-have values for young people in the workforce. “The most common response?” Chester said. “We want enthusiastic people who show up for work on time, go above and beyond and know a little something about service.” Aspiring business owner Nick Welder attended the talk for class credit. Welder, a finance major, said he was impressed with Chester’s notion that young people should be commended for valuing other aspects of life above work, unlike their work-privy predecessors. Businesses hire Chester as a consultant for recruiting,

managing and motivating young people entering the workforce. Chester’s clients include Dairy Queen, HarleyDavidson, Wells Fargo and Toys R Us. Chester has also published five books on work ethic including “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work,” “Seven Values That Will Make Every Employer Want to Hire You,” and “Fight to Keep You.” Chester has also co-authored

eight other books. Beginning his professional career as a teacher, Chester has had experience working with young people. Chester’s transition to motivational speaking was born out of his frustration as a young teacher. Chester struggled to reach the young people he taught and sought a method for fostering motivation. Chester’s resolution was a promotional brochure,


Eric Chester, a motivational speaker and UNC alumnus, discusses what businesses look for in employees during the Monfort Executive Professor Speaker series Tuesday.

offering his services as a motivational speaker. The brochures drew a quick response from schools in the Denver metro area. Chester says it took time to develop his message, and he continued to craft it throughout those early talks. To establish a concrete message he could deliver in his presentations, Chester reached out

to top motivational speakers from around the country, asking each one for his or her most effective wisdom in 2,500 words. Chester compiled the responses and published them as his first book, “Teen Power,” in 1995. “Teen Power” sold 300,000 copies, and today it has been published in eight editions.

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Senior’s hustle invaluable to women’s hoops team GRANT EVANS

Any basketball coach knows that role players are key assets to any basketball team that strives to be successful. Despite her stature at 5foot-4, senior guard Amy Marin plays a huge role on

the UNC women’s basketball team. Marin grew up and found her love for the game of basketball in the small town of Iliff, which has a population of just more than 200 residents. “I started playing basketball in fifth grade,” Marin said. “My friends told me to come

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said. “Last year, play, and after a she got hurt few games, I realtoward the midized I was really dle of the season. good — I think That made her because I was fast take a step back, and I could steal but during the the ball from postseason and them, and I have Amy Marin been playing ever has 23 steals and through the summer, she worked since.” 26 assists and really hard to earn This season is has star ted one a leadership role Marin’s second game this season. on the team.” with the Her coaches and teamUniversity of Northern Colorado. She attended mates consider Marin a Northeastern Junior College defensive specialist. Marin in Sterling her freshman and may not look to score, but her sophomore year and was defensive presence and court accepted as part of the team awareness is uncanny. “Amy is definitely one of once she arrived at UNC. “Amy has definitely our best defenders on the bonded with the team,” sen- team,” head coach Jaime ior forward Kaisha Brown White said. “She is very com-

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work my butt off to help the team. When things are going good, it makes you want to play hard, and when things are not going so good, it makes you want to work that much harder.” Marin will graduate in May with a business administration degree with an emphasis in accounting and is hoping to become a certified public accountant.

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Men’s basketball to play in BracketBusters again STAFF REPORT It was announced Monday that the UNC men’s basketb a l l team w i l l Men’s Basketball participate in ESPN’s 10th annual Sears BracketBusters event for the second straight year when it hosts California Polytechnic State University Saturday, Feb. 18 at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The University of Northern Colorado (7-13, 4-5 Big Sky) won its

matchup last season with New Mexico State, 82-80, in Las Cruces, N. M. UNC’s game against Cal Poly (13-9, 4-5 Big West) will be its first against a Big West opponent since losing 63-59 to Pacific in 2010 during the Postseason Tournament quarterfinals. This will be UNC’s second meeting with the Mustangs, with Cal Poly winning 76-62 on Dec. 17, 1990. BracketBusters will feature 11 nationally televised games over three days in February. The concept of the event is to help teams in the selected conferences,

which have had teams succeed in the NCAA Tournament in previous years, to play top non-conference opponents to help raise their RPIs. Every team in the Big Sky is participating in a BracketBusters game this season. UNC’s tips off at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 18 at ButlerHancock Sports Pavilion.

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