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Student examines endangered bats’ habitat in mines CARRISSA OLSZEWSKI news@uncmirror.com

Newfound proof has shown dangerous, abandoned mines in Colorado may actually provide an ecological benefit for a certain species of bats. Some of these mines are actually safe havens for a species of conservation concern, Townsend’s bigeared bats. Mark Hayes, a UNC doctoral student, has researched bats in southwestern Colorado. Hayes said he

wanted to better understand why bats choose certain areas to roost or live. Hayes discovered bats are more likely to hibernate in temperatures of about 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, the bats tend to hibernate individually in mines that had several openings. “Mark’s research is going to change the way we think about how bats choose and use roost sites,” said Rick Adams, a biology professor at the University of Northern Colorado and Hayes’ doctor-

ate mentor. Adams has done vast research on bats, which will help natural resource managers better maintain the mines. Lea Bonewell, Hayes’ wife and a bat researcher in her own right, said abandoned mines are extremely dangerous. “People die every year in the U.S. in these sites,” Bonewell said. ”Finding ways to efficiently, accurately and safely evaluate abandoned mines for bat habitat will enable managers to make

better decisions or at least consider the variables involved.” There are several reasons that bats are important around the world to ecology. “Insectivorous bats, like the ones in Colorado, have been documented eating up to 600 insects an hour,” Bonewell said. “Bats in very large colonies in places like Texas will eat tons of insects per night. This saves farmers from applying more pesticides. Other bat species drink nectar, like some in the desert

southwest, and provide a critical pollination role.” Hayes said he became interested in bats when he began to learn about some of the benefits bats provide after attending Adams’ lectures. A desire to help them gradually became a passion. “I grew up spending a lot of time in the Colorado mountains and grew to really appreciate our Colorado landscape and wildlife,” Hayes said. “I have felt compelled to make a small contribution, within my sphere of

influence, to help conserve those landscapes and wildlife for future generations.” Hayes said he thinks it is important for humans to understand different species. He said understanding allows people to become more sensitive to the world around them. Hayes also said he believes it is important to document current findings so biologists in future generations can look back and get a sense of what researchers are finding now.

Returning co-ed fraternity looks to re-establish presence on campus KRISTEN MARTIN news@uncmirror.com

The national leadership and honors organization Sigma Alpha Lambda is making a comeback at UNC after disbandment from a lack in communica-

tion among past members. Michael Blickley, a junior communication major at the University of Northern Colorado and president of Sigma Alpha Lambda, said the first administration was ineffective because there was a

lack of participation from the members. “The officers didn’t know what was going on,” Blickley said. “There were maybe two meetings, tops, for the officers, and then it just ended up fading into inexistence.” Blickley intends to make

Sigma Alpha Lambda’s presence at UNC more permanent by increasing the communication between the members and officers. Cody VanDoren, a sophomore sociology and pre-med major and vice president of Sigma Alpha Lambda, said he plans to keep up with the communication. “We must communicate with our members as officers and make sure they stay in the loop,” VanDoren said. “That seemed to be the big problem with the organization before, but hopefully we will be able to make a difference and have a great

time completing our community service events and making a difference in the community.” Blickley said his main objective as president is to spread the word about Sigma Alpha Lambda around the UNC campus and community. “At the first meeting, there were a lot of members and a lot of interest,” Blickley said. “I want to capture that momentum and keep it going by hosting big community service events.” Kristina Pham, a senior and Sigma Alpha Lambda treasurer, said the goals of the fraternity are to establish

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leadership through participating in community service. The fraternity’s first main event will be hosted in April. Members will volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Denver to provide a meal for the residents. “Sigma Alpha Lambda recognizes unique individuals and scholars and celebrates these individuals for their achievements in hope that they will continue to provide for their communities for the remainder of their educational career, as well as further down the road,” Pham said. Admittance into the honors fraternity is by invitation only. There are about 20 active members. “Students need to have something on their record that will get them noticed,” Blickley said. “For instance, they must have a GPA above a 3.0 with community service achievements, or something like majoring in pre-med and getting into medical school.”


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Ideas propel professor past competitors KATIE OWSTON news@uncmirror.com

What set Jennifer Murdock apart from other candidates who were in the running for secretary of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision were the plans she hopes to facilitate in the program’s future. Murdock, an assistant professor of counselor education and supervision at UNC, said her ideas may have been what determined her election to a three-year term as secretary of the ACES Executive Council this spring. Murdock’s election to this position means she will serve as a member of the executive ACES council, as well as on the governing board. “I hope to support and train counselors to be the best that they can be,” Murdock said. “By effectively communicating with people throughout the organization, the ultimate reward is better services to our clients.” Murdock will assist in operating the organization by helping host the annual ACES conference, support regional conferences and provide professional, developmental opportunities for other counselors throughout the organization. Murdock teaches classes in professional identity orientation, career counseling and career theory at the

University of Northern Colorado. She also teaches several counseling career courses for master’s students and multiple advanced career courses in professional development and leadership for doctoral students. Murdock also serves as an academic adviser to master’s and doctoral counseling students. Her work has been published in several scholarly publications, and she has made presentations in conferences and conventions across the country. “I am pretty young compared to others in my field, but I plan on devoting more than adequate time to this position,” Murdock said. ACES is a national organization and member association of the American Counseling Association. The organization’s main goal is to promote the importance of a quality education and supervision of counselors in all work settings. ACES also hosts the flagship journal of ACA, Counselor Education and Supervision, a national publication with a circulation of about 40,000 ACA members. Two of the journal’s co-editors, Heather Helm, an associate professor of professional psychology, and Linda Black, a professor of counselor education, are professors at UNC. “As one of Dr. Murdock’s colleagues, it is exciting to have her representing UNC and

the profession through her election to Secretary of ACES,” Helm said. “It is quite an accomplishment to be elected to a national

office and an honor for Dr. Murdock to be recognized for her dedication to the profession through election to this office.”

COURTESY OF JENNIFER MURDOCK

Jennifer Murdock, left, has a discussion with her students. Murdock was recently appointed as secretary for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

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Informal consensus shows most UNC students have jobs Tighten the laces of the boots, put on the surgeon’s gloves to perform triple-bypass dish washing and never forget to punch the timecard — paying tuition depends on it. While walking around campus, it is common to find a student who has at least a part-time job and not uncommon to find individuals who are employed full-time. Feeling the aftershock of the late 2008-early 2009 recession, an inevitable increase in tuition has finally caught up with university finances. This increase is

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scraping by paycheck to paycheck, the college experience of working for an education went from building character to breaking backs. For students who work long hours and make acrobatic leaps in their schedules to complete assignments and keep their jobs, it is a time to, pardon the pun, bear down and seek all the resources at their disposal. Keep the college fight alive and do not succumb to the negativity that may surround the situation. Use your best judgment for what is best for you at this time.

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other entity to block the increase. Students who are already working and are on large financial aid grants will have to request more funding, and unless cuts to programs — knock on wood — or tuition is increased, UNC will find itself in a financial fetal position looking up at the teeth of a carnivorous economy. Collegians must look to the “We can do it!” slogan of World War II. The road ahead is difficult — there’s really no sugarcoating it. As pessimism drapes over the entry positions in career fields, as well as the gloom of

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due to a severe decrease in state funding — about $7.8 million less than in previous years — which will hamper students’ ability to afford the bill. It is like Christmas in hell, receiving presents of surmounting debt that some students are already swimming in tens-ofthousands of dollars deep. An estimated average of $770 per semester increase is forecast by the UNC Board of Trustees, but nothing has been decided on at this time. What can students do? There is no way for the Trustees or any

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remain open, after 200 more stores close, including the Greeley location. Some folks may rejoice as a big corporation is brought down, leaving more room for mom and pop shops. But Borders closing doesn’t mean readers will flock to independent stores. In fact, it means there are fewer people buying books in all stores. Borders was successful the early 2000s, ironically, because it managed to imitate local bookstores in

a convincing way. Borders stores combined the comfort of neighborhood stores with lower prices than independent competitors. Like Barnes & Noble, Borders was a hip place for non-hipsters. But the massive growth of Borders came at the same time as the rise of Amazon.com, the largest online retailer in the nation. For a time, Borders even handed over its online sales to Amazon, not knowing perhaps the potential of online book sales. Shopping Amazon wins because it is convenient. It’s also a perfect way to kill your local bookstore. Indies return more money to the local community than chains, and far more than online stores. Perhaps Borders was relying on customer loyalty. In the age of Web commerce, I’m not sure that exists. I have bought dozens of books from my favorite store,

Tattered Cover on Colfax, but I have also shopped Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon and, in cases where I can, directly from publishers. No store is spared in the competition. Last year, Greeley store An Open Book closed, citing the recession as a reason. Maybe Borders was too late to jump on the Internet bandwagon. It is silly to say that books are dead in the way that pop albums are (neither are dead nor dying any time soon), but maybe literature and music have something in common. If a brilliant e-book reader is developed in the coming years, ebooks may be to MPEGs what paper books are to CDs. For a bookstore to succeed in this decade, it will have to give readers a reason to buy books. Alternately, it can push for e-books

in a forward-thinking way. Kindle and Nook are far from the only options, but they have immensely helped in branding Amazon and Barnes & Noble, respectively. Books have more lasting power than any music format because they are greater inventions. As readers, we must be more conscious of where our money is going. I encourage book buyers to do what is best for themselves but with the following in mind: all of Greeley cannot save Borders from bankruptcy, nor can a boycott from all of Greeley bring Amazon down. But the support of a few dozen people buying a few dozen books can sometimes help a local bookstore stay alive. — Mark Maxwell is a junior theater arts major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.


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Tuition rises, surpasses projected totals Board of Trustees agrees to begin pricing discussions BENJAMIN WELCH news@uncmirror.com

The UNC Board of Trustees met Friday, March 11, in the University Center Panorama Room to discuss projected tuition increases. The university is expected to lose $7.8 million in state funding for the 2011-12 academic year and is looking to make up for it with an average 14 percent increase in tuition. “We got two choices: we cut $7.8 million or we raise $7.8 million in new funding,” said Dick Monfort, chairman of the board. “I’m bothered by this with more of a business standpoint. My concern is that it will shift students in that regard to other colleges, and we won’t get the enrollment that we projected. That will create other problems.” The annual base tuition for full-time undergraduate residents will be $5,300, which is a $620 increase per semester. Some majors, such as music, business and nursing, are projected to see a higher increase in tuition than others. Student fees and room and board will be raised slightly, as well, at a rate of 5 percent. Though the increases seem necessary at this time, members of the board begrudgingly accepted the changes. “That’s significantly higher than last year, and that’s a concern,” board member Darlene Ledoux

said. “Nine percent was a concern for all of us last year, and now we’re talking 14 percent or higher, depending on the major … I am very concerned for families who are having to pay this, especially when there are many who are not getting increases in their salaries.” Financial aid funding will be increased to $14.8 million to help assuage the costs for students who are struggling to afford college. “This is the same level we were cut to in 2003 in the last recession,” UNC President Kay Norton said. “So we’ve made zero progress in the last decade in terms of the state’s commitment to people in higher education, in general.” The loss in state funding and subsequent tuition hikes are not UNC-specific, however. Monfort said UNC remains a value for its cost and services, and pricing is still lower than its competitors Colorado State University, University of Colorado and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Of the universities considered by the board to be a competitor, only Metro State tuition remains lower. “We offer a better overall experience,” Norton said. “So I don’t think students are motivated completely by price.” Student Trustee Michael Johnston said despite the

students viewing the hikes as a “necessary evil,” they want to be more actively knowledgeable about tuition discussions. Johnston also said students are continuing to increase their involvement with the university, and more candidates are running for Student Senate now than in the last six years. The process has also been lengthened. The board did not take any action on the increases but agreed to continue discussion. “I added it all up to damn near $1,300 (in annual increases) if you’re living on campus,” Monfort said. “I don’t know how kids do it.” Stephen Luttmann, chairman of the Faculty Senate, also informed the Trustees of the revised grade replacement policy. Under the new policy, any class can be re-taken and grades may be substituted toward a student’s

GPA. Both grades will still show up on transcripts, but only the higher one will be accumulated in the GPA. Under the old policy, 12 credit hours could be re-taken and only if the student received a C- or lower. The 2001 Auxiliary and Arlington Park bonds were also discussed. The board is pursuing options to refund the bonds and transfer the assets to UNC, bringing Arlington Park officially under the university’s umbrella and dissolving Housing LLC.

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Bears’ clock strikes midnight in Tucson UNC men’s basketball struggles in second half, falls to SDSU DAVID WILSON sports@uncmirror.com

TUCSON, Ariz.— Fans applauded players, and UNC players applauded the fans in attendance as the Bears Men’s Basketball walked off the court Thursday afternoon, following a 68-50 loss to the No. 2 seed San Diego State Aztecs in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

It was an emotional moment for players and fans as the Big Sky regular season and tournament champions’ dream season came to a close. “The fan support here was unbelievable,” University of Northern Colorado senior forward Neal Kingman said. “Coming out of the tunnel for the first time and hearing them and seeing them all was surreal. I was not expecting that big of a Northern Colorado crowd. It was a moment I’ll never forget.”

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UNC fans who made the trip to Tucson show their spirit in the game Thursday against San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bears (21-11, 13-3) were led by Big Sky MVP, senior guard Devon Beitzel who shined on the big stage, scoring a gamehigh 25 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Beitzel’s performance received praise from San Diego State (332, 14-2) players and head coach Steve Fisher. “Beitzel is a terrific player and a great competitor,” Fisher said. “We knew he was going to get multiple looks, and he made them in the second half. I told him after the game ‘congratulations on a great career.’” In the first four minutes of the first half, the teams traded baskets with UNC holding its only lead of the game at 12-11 following a dunk from senior forward Taylor Montgomery at the 13:23 mark. Montgomery finished with two points but pulled down 12 rebounds in the game. The Bears tried to combat the athleticism of the Aztecs by switching to a zone defense to force outside shots, but SDSU responded and hit its early 3-point opportunities. “I thought the guys defensively followed the game plan,” Bears head coach B.J. Hill said. “I thought that the two 3pointers Kawhi Leonard hit at the beginning of the game was not a good sign

for us because those were the shots we wanted to make him take. My hat is off to San Diego State.” Leonard led four Aztec players in double digits with 21 points in the game. But the Aztecs only led 30-24 at the break. “At half time, I thought we were in good shape because I didn’t expect them to keep shooting the ball the wall they did,” Hill said. “We didn’t respond real well to their defensive intensity in the second half, and it took us out of our game plan.” Bears senior forward Chris Kaba scored 10 points, while sophomore Elliott Lloyd tallied nine points and three assists. UNC came into the game ranked sixth in the nation in free throw percentage and had succeeded getting to the line all season; however, the team went 4-of-8 from the stripe Thursday and did not shoot its first attempt until the 1:50 mark in the first half. The eight free throw

We made history this year as a program. We did a lot of firsts and we have nothing to not be proud of.

— UNC senior guard Devon Beitzel

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UNC senior guard Devon Beitzel, right, attempts a shot against San Diego State Thursday. Beitzel finished with a game-high 25 points in the loss. attempts is the lowest taken son while saying good-bye by UNC in a game this sea- to their four seniors: Montgomery, son since its 13 attempts Beitzel, Kingman and Kaba. Feb. 12 against Montana. “Forget being a firstDespite the loss, there were smiles and positive year coach; any coach tones from the Bears play- would be so lucky to coach ers as they soaked in the those seniors and the guys experience and what they underneath them,” Hill had accomplished on the said. “They are tremendous kids with great char2010-11 season. “We made history this acter, and they built a proyear as a program,” Beitzel gram. For one class to do said. “We did a lot of ‘firsts’ what those guys have done and we have nothing to not to get to this stage is an unbelievable feat. They be proud of.” The Bears will now need to hold their heads look to learn and build off high and walk out like this success for next sea- champions.”


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Senior bids farewell on brightest stage PARKER COTTON sports@uncmirror.com

The UNC men’s basketball team walked off the floor Thursday in Tucson, Ariz. after being handed a 68-50 defeat at the hands of San Diego State. It was the final game of the season for all — the final game of a college career for just a few.

Among the latter is senior forward Neal Kingman, who for almost a decade has donned the colors of Greeley basketball teams. Kingman, who attended Greeley West, was held scoreless in the game, but that did not affect the notion that Kingman has had a stellar career at the University of Northern Colorado.

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UNC senior forward Neal Kingman, right, attempts a dunk in the Bears’ senior night victory over Sacramento State on March 2 at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

“He’s obviously a talented basketball player,” UNC head coach B.J. Hill said of Kingman. “He’s second team all-conference this year, and they just don’t give that out. That takes a lot of hard work and a lot of talent to achieve that award, so when he brings that hard work and talent onto the floor, it’s obviously a great weapon for us to have.” Kingman, who redshirted for medical reasons his freshman year, averaged 10.3 points, second-most on the team, and 4.3 rebounds per game in his final season as a Bear in helping UNC win the Big Sky and earn its first berth into the NCAA Tournament. “It was the culmination of five years of hard work and dedication — literally bringing our program from last in the nation to one of the top 68,” Kingman said. In addition to being named to the Big Sky allconference second team, Kingman also earned his first career Big Sky Player of the Week honor on Feb. 28, scored in double figures 17 times this season and is

one of four seniors, along with guard Devon Beitzel and forwards Chris Kaba and Taylor Montgomery, who helped turn around the basketball program, something he and the seniors take a lot of pride in. “Our freshman year, we were the worst team in the nation, RPI-wise, and now we’re in the top 150, and that’s attributed to our hard work; that’s attributed to the coaching staff and the good people we have involved with our program,” Kingman said. Kingman’s contributions are evident. He showcased a 49 percent field goal percent-

I absolutely feel accomplished; we will be remembered as the first team to achieve every goal this program has set for itself since we got here four years ago.

— UNC senior forward Neal Kingman

age in the team’s 21 victories this season and a 34 percent clip in the team’s 11 losses. “He’s like another coach on the court,” Montgomery said of Kingman. “We like to call him ‘Coach Kingman’ because he’s always so intune with the game and what the coaches want and this or that — he’s out there and kind of directing us.” Kingman was born in Fort Collins and lived there and in Utah before his family moved to Greeley when he was 9 years old. At Greeley West, Kingman played baseball and ran track in addition to becoming a standout basketball player. He was heavily recruited by Weber State out of high school but committed to UNC after former coach Tad Boyle got the head coaching job. Kingman said being close to home and to be able to play in front of his family was a big selling point. He said the game in Tucson was special because he was still able to play in front of several members of his family. “It always means a lot whenever I get to play in front

of them because they’ve been my biggest fans since I was playing on my Fisher Price,” Kingman said. A scoreless outing in the team’s final game of the season did not stop Kingman from being satisfied and optimistic about his career as a whole. “I absolutely feel accomplished; we will be remembered as the first team to achieve every goal this program has set for itself since we got here four years ago,” he said. Although the team’s trip to the NCAA Tournament ended prematurely, Kingman said the team spoke after the game about how much it had accomplished this season. “We just said we had absolutely nothing to hang our heads about,” Kingman said. “We made history this year and should be proud.”

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