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News Reading honors Holocaust martyrs Volunteers gathered at the UC Tuesday to read the names of those killed decades ago. PAGE 2

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‘Courage in the face of evil’ honored through litany TESSA BYRNS This year’s annual “Holocaust Memorial Observance Week: Courage in the Face of Evil” began with the reading of the litany of martyrs Tuesday at the University Center. The City of Greeley, UNC, Aims Community College and the Greeley Interfaith Association organized the reading to honor the memory of those who were killed during the

Holocaust and under Adolf Hitler’s reign. The reading of the litany is a long-standing tradition at the University of Northern Colorado and ACC. “This is about the 15th time UNC has hosted it,” said Naomi Johnson, a UNC library technician. “Otherwise, it has been held at Aims. This marks the 32nd year of the Greeley Holocaust Memorial Observances and about the 20th year that UNC has participated in it.

In past years, the litany has been held alternately in the Aims Student Center and at the (University Center). Because their student center has been redesigned, it makes more sense to keep it at UNC.” Students attending the reading could also participate by reading the names of some of the Holocaust victims. Students attended the reading for different reasons, some for class obligations and some for more personal reasons. “I’m in the class ‘History of the Holocaust,’ and we’re required to go to some of the events that are going on this week,” said Annalese Davis, a sophomore English major. “I think this event is nice, but it’s a shame that only a few people are here.”

Other students had a more personal attachment to the Holocaust. Steven Gibson, a junior special education major, said he was not planning on attending the event but was in the UC during the reading. “It’s interesting because I have a family connection to World War II and the Holocaust,” Gibson said. “My grandfather was one of the first United States soldiers to liberate the people there. He talked about it for about two years. I like this event, I just wish more people would’ve known about it, then it would’ve had better attendance.” Holocaust Memorial Observance Week is organized by the Greeley Holocaust Memorial Observance Committee, which comprises of UNC


Terry Hunter reads names of victims killed during the Holocaust as part of Holocaust Memorial Observance Week Tuesday at the University Center. and Aims faculty, Greeley community members and others.

Events will be hosted at various locations through Friday.

Judiciary hears elections grievances SARA VAN CLEVE The UNC Student Judiciary convened Tuesday to hear and make rulings on select grievances filed regarding the recent Student Senate

elections. The justices heard three grievances, filed against Jamie Britt, Natalie Litke and Brittany Herrington. Andrew Ransom, a candidate for the director of Legislative Affairs, filed a grievance against his oppo-




nent, Britt, regarding a conversation Britt had Thursday, April 14 at the Penalty Box. During a conversation with two other University of Northern Colorado students, Britt allegedly asked if they voted. When they said they did not vote but would have voted for Greek Life members if they were to participate, Britt allegedly said she did not care about Greek Life because it only makes up six percent of the student body. Ransom filed a grievance saying the statement was defamatory. “Defamation of an organization I’m openly

affiliated with is defamation of myself,” Ransom said. “I feel the comments were made with malice.” Both Ransom and Britt provided two witnesses. Britt said because the conversation happened Thursday, after the polls had closed, the comment did not affect the way any students voted. “If my intention was defamation, it seems sort of pointless to do that after polls had closed because all of the students who were going to vote for a specific candidate had already been See Grievances, Page 6

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PETA petition supports menu changes KATIE OWSTON Some students argue that as of now, UNC dining halls do not offer enough options for a vegan or vegetarian student to have three full meals a day seven days a week. Ryan Anderson, a University of Northern Colorado student, felt he was not the only person on campus who needed a sufficient vegan meal plan. Although he didn’t personally know them, Anderson sensed there were other students on campus who felt the same as he. He decided to face the problem head on and contacted the largest youth animal rights group in the world, peta2, a group under PETA that deals with university activism. “A few months ago, I contacted peta2, asking them to help set up a club on campus where vegan and vegetarian students could come togeth-

er, so they wouldn’t feel so alone,” Anderson said. “They ended up doing a whole lot more.” Ryan Huling, the manager of college campaigns for peta2, sent four representatives from the corporate office in Virginia to help facilitate a petition on UNC’s campus. Within one day, more than 850 students signed the petition. “The number of signatures our volunteers were able to get in just one day really speaks to the student demand for healthier food options on campus,” Huling said. “We came and successfully showed our support for a vegan/vegetarian food option in UNC dining halls.” The petition results made known there are major improvements to be made when it comes to the types of food Dining Services offers. UNC is not the only university whose students are taking a stand. The number of

vegan and vegetarian students at UNC resembles the numbers found at colleges around the country. Huling said in the past week, representatives have visited the University of Wyoming, Utah State University and other institutions to work alongside students to get across the message of offering more vegan and vegetarian options. “The number of people that are educated and aware of the suffering animals face within the food industry is getting higher, and so is the number of people seeking an alternate to the products animals produce,” he said. Bon Appetit, a food service provider for colleges around the country, conducted a recent survey and found that the number of vegetarian students has increased 50 percent in four years, and the number of vegan students has more

than doubled. Campuses across the country are seeing the same increase and facing the same issue. While the peta2 representatives were on campus, a few members of the team met with UNC Dining Services to discuss potential improvements. Since that time, Anderson has continued gathering signatures for his petition and has a meeting set up with Dining Services next week. “One of the peta2 representatives said Dining Services had tried going vegan/vegetarian before but didn’t have enough recipes or materials to do so,” Anderson said. “Ryan Huling sent me hundreds of vegan and vegetarian recipes to take to my meeting next week. Now all they have to do is buy the ingredients and make the recipes.” For more information visit peta2’s website at www.

‘Brokers’ meet UNC students’ academic needs AMANDA STOUTENBURGH With finals week approaching, students now have a new store to get back cash for their used textbooks. Textbook Brokers, a new bookstore serving UNC, opened in March and is located next to Aspen Leaf Self Serve Frozen Yogurt on 17th Street. Logan Mahan, a Colorado native and manager and partial owner of the store, said he is happy

the Textbook Brokers Company decided to open a store in Colorado. Textbook Brokers Company is a national company with 65 other locations. The company expanded to Greeley because the University of Northern Colorado has a growing community and student population. Mahan said he enjoys living in Greeley and really likes UNC. Some students have heard of the new bookstore, and others have

not. Rose Hedberg, a sophomore English education major, is one of the former. “I’m pretty excited about them buying high and sell-

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Media attention to wedding a royal problem for integrity Thousands of reporters from around the world and thousands of eager British subjects will convene Friday at Westminster Abby for the wedding of the Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine Middleton. Indeed, even NBC’s popular morning news broadcast, “The Today Show,” will give Americans their news from London on Friday. No detail about this wedding is too small for both television and print media to report; curious viewers and readers know what Middleton’s ring looks like, they speculate on her gown (which a host of fashion designers

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silenced by the clamor of Wagner’s “Wedding March.” Journalists have an obligation to inform the public about the realities of the world in which we live, not to simply distract us from that world. The irony of writing about how the media gives too much attention to a royal wedding is that the writer gives even more unnecessary attention to the wedding itself. Enough attention has been paid to this silly affair; it is time to get back to real news, the things that directly influences the lives of human beings in a global world.

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orous — would replace religion as, to steal a famous phrase from Karl Marx, “the opiate of the people.” The media is high on this wedding. In our modern, media-rich world, many people have become too consumed by what seems like the easy life. Thus, there is something appealing about royalty — especially young, beautiful royalty — even if that royalty only serves as a figurehead, as the English monarchy does. Weddings should not be given more attention than, say, the crisis in Syria. However, it seems that the cries of Syria have been

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are waiting to imitate) and they know the guest list. In fact, the wedding has its own website where individuals can see the schedule of events — the who, what, when, where and how. Nevertheless, people need to realize what this wedding actually is: a wedding; an everyday occurrence. Since the 1950s, Westerners have been willing to accept cults of personality. In the middle of the twentieth century, sociologists Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno warned that popular culture — the lives of those who are perceived as glam-


large voter networks. These situations contribute to less-thanideal candidates becoming elected, which halts progress. Some candidates are able to gain advantages over others simply because they belong to networks or organizations that have large populations. A candidate without an organization of voters will often lose because he or she isn’t able to get as many free votes as others. And let it be clear that these are

free votes. A vote is not merit-based when it is cast because a voter is friends with a candidate or because the voter likes a particular organization that a candidate is/was affiliated with. Voters need to take the responsibility to research candidates’ platforms, find where they stand on relevant issues and see what their short-term and long-term plans are. Relevance is of high importance. For example, with Student Senate, a candidate’s views on marijuana, abortion, blue laws, etc., have no effect on his or her bearing to perform in office. In the past, I have expressed my support for a voter literacy test. Literacy tests were outlawed because they were used to prevent black Americans from voting, but if utilized properly and without racist motives behind them, a revamped

exam that tests a voter’s knowledge of candidates’ basic platforms would drastically reduce ignorant voting. If anything, literacy tests would force voters to do more research into candidates, but because that research is not being performed, candidates are becoming overconfident, and therefore lazy. In this Student Senate election, I noticed that without the pressure that comes from having to earn votes, some people become lax. Many of the election documents are public record, so I reviewed some of the material. I read a candidate-written document that consisted of 87 semantic and factual errors (a few of which may be debatable based on modern/conservative comma usage) in less than a page. Many of these were recurring capitalization and syntax errors—

sometimes concerning names of people and organizations — but also included contradictory name usage, factual errors, comma splices, misspellings, and claiming knowledge of the contents of other people’s thoughts. I would like to believe that an educated college student would have the tools required to write a clean statement, especially when that student is running for a public position; however, my witnessing of contrary materials shows otherwise. Surely, a person actively seeking votes would endeavor to pay attention to detail or at least proofread a document, but this is not always done. So, voters, put the pressure on candidates, and make them earn your votes. — Josh Divine is a junior mathematics major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.


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Two candidates reprimanded for Election Code violations Grievances from Page 2 casted [sic],” Britt said. “It didn’t affect votes at all, even if what I said was taken in that way.” Both Britt and her two witnesses said the conversation did happen, but it was in no way hostile, and Ransom was not named in the conversation. The justices ruled that the statement was not defaming to Ransom. Although Britt did say Greek Life makes up only six percent of the population and Ransom is a member of Greek Life, the

statement did not directly defame Ransom, and the grievance was dropped. The second grievance was filed by Christopher Pezza, a candidate for director of University Relations, against Litke for violating campaign regulations by slipping fliers under doors in North Hall and hanging a flier in Ross Hall. The Election Code states if a candidate wants to distribute fliers in the residence halls, the fliers must be approved through Housing and Residential Education,

which in turn gives the fliers to resident assistants to distribute. Litke said she received permission to hang fliers in North Hall but did not receive permission to distribute fliers under doors. Pezza’s two witnesses, both of whom provided statements via email, live in North Hall and received the fliers under their doors. However, the witnesses were not able to identify one of the women placing the fliers under doors as Litke, and Litke said the flier presented at the hearing,

which Pezza provided, was not made by her, but was a copy of one she made. Litke said she did not personally distribute the fliers in the residence hall and should not be punished for the work of others. She also said she did not place the flier in Ross Hall and does not know who did. “I did not knowingly or willingly violate the election code,” Litke said. Danielle Morgan, the elections commissioner, said Litke was aware some of the fliers were distributed and worked to get rid of them.

After deliberation, the justices decided candidates are responsible for the actions of their campaign team, and neither Litke nor her campaign team received permission to distribute fliers to individual rooms in North Hall. The judiciary decided to reprimand Litke, and four percent of her total votes will be deducted. The third and final grievance was filed by Morgan against Brittany Herrington, a director of Diverse Relations write-in candidate. Section 9 sub-section J of

the Election Code states that each candidate must keep an accurate campaign and spending record and submit receipts to the commissioner. Morgan said Herrington did not provide receipts of her campaign, and Herrington was not present at the hearing to make a statement. The judiciary ruled this as a major violation of the Election Code, and 20 percent of Herrington’s total votes will be deducted. The final Student Senate election results will be available today.

The ‘Riddle’ of social network intricacies explained in new book BENJAMIN WELCH Though the term “social network” produces visions of Facebook courtesy of a recent movie about the website’s founders, the true definition is more complicated than clicking the “friend” button. Mark Riddle, a sociology professor at UNC, is assisting others in making that definition in two articles that will be published in “The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis” in May. Riddle defines social networking as something other than the popular website: “If you are at the center of a hub of people, and everybody’s connected to you but not to each other, then there are a lot of potential ties there but not actual ties,” he said. The two articles, “A

Brief Introduction to gaining prominence in the Analyzing Social Network field of sociological studies, Data” and “Concepts and his path toward discoverMeasures for Basic ing his passion was not an easy one. N e t w o r k He received Analysis,” are his bachelor’s the prefacing degree in music chapters in the theory and handbook and composition are an introducfrom Occidental tion to the mathCollege in Los ematics of social A n g e l e s . network analyAfterward, he sis. Riddle said Mark Riddle got his theology the two chapters said social netdegree and are like a statis- working is the endspent a decade tics book, pro- all and be-all of the as a priest. He viding aid to social sciences said he knew researchers who right now. want to look into the topic. “People are connected in a variety of ways,” Riddle said. “So talking about different dimensions of their connectedness can have different meanings, and (the articles show) how to compute it. Here’s how to make the numbers work.” Though Riddle is now

the clergy was not his calling, and after a chance meeting with sociologists, he pursued his master’s and subsequently his doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Riverside. While at UCR, he teamed up with his dissertation adviser and mentor,

Robert Hanneman, to coauthor a textbook. “What our chapters do is try to show some of the connections between how one observes data and gains insight about it on one hand, and formal mathematical structure on the other hand,” Hanneman said. Hanneman and Riddle became close friends and research partners. The two articles being published in SAGE are from the second edition of that initial textbook. “He was the mentor I hope to be to my students,” Riddle said of Hanneman. The “SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis” was the first comprehensive collection of readings covering the sociological approaches to social networks, Hanneman said. Previous handbooks of social analysis discussed

topics ranging from online interaction to connectivity of terrorist attack victims to corporate networks. This year’s handbook will also concentrate on the future of social networking. “It is the end-all and be-all of the social sciences, at the moment,” Riddle said. “There have been people doing social network analysis for a long time, and numeric representations exist as early as the 1940s. But, of course the growth in social media of various kinds has been phenomenal in the last decade. So, currently there are a lot of researchers trying to look into how people are connected on Facebook, Twitter, and to a lesser extent, MySpace, and trying to develop models for what that looks like and trying to make claims about what’s happening socially.”

In addition to his work on social network analysis, Riddle has published in educational journals about research on higher education and contributed to a journal on disabilities. Currently, he is prepping for an article on moral panic, which is how people get excited over items of interest that are in the public eye over short periods of time. Though the ideas behind social analysis and the steps to achieve data in the field create a difficult process, Hanneman sums up the basic theory. “Our chapters are basically about what are the main concepts and tools and translating ideas about social structure into mathematical form,” Hanneman said. “This will be a prominent publication cited by many researchers for a long time.”

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Ivy League schools not only world-changers BENJAMIN WELCH

Tell someone anywhere other than Colorado that you go to UNC and their eyes widen as they ask, “North Carolina?” Though the University of Northern Colorado basketball team may not be quite on the same level as our east coast sister school’s (yet), some of our university’s research findings may be comparable to that of larger institutes. This academic year, nine UNC professors and students have been involved with new research finds featured in the media. Some of these stories have made it on the national

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news circuit, appearing on TV networks like ABC News and in large newspapers like the Denver Post. Anthropology professors Bob Brunswig and David Diggs used equipment to locate Native-American sites, geology professor Steven Anderson is helping to monitor volcano explosions, biology professor Chhandak Basu and graduate student Brenda Thornton have shown plants clean air pollutants at a faster rate than previously known, biology professor Stephen Mackessy has conducted research with snake venom that may cure cancer, biology professor Rick Adams and doctoral student Mark Hayes have done much prominent

research about bats and their habitat and math professor Igor Szczyrba is helping develop a football helmet that reduces brain damage. True, UNC members may not be creating billion-dollar industries through Internet social networking sites like a certain ex-Harvard student, but the research performed is still benefiting the world and the scientific community. This has been proven by the effort put forth by these campus community members. Research is important, and as humans, everyone has a responsibility to attempt to leave the world a little better they found it. We have a humane duty to socie-

ty to make a conscious effort to solve world problems. Though others may say UNC is too small a school to contribute much to the scientific community, or the efforts by professors and students pale in comparison to the findings of larger schools, these UNC researchers have embraced the task of world betterment and have performed this duty to a more than acceptable degree. When UNC members have cured cancer, maybe we can finally stop making movies about students who are building shallow, lifeconsuming websites. — Benjamin Welch is a junior journalism major and editor of The Mirror.

Noble at the University Center and The Book Stop on 16th Street. Mahan said the store’s main objective is to provide students with the textbooks they need. The company prides itself on buying back books at a higher price as well as selling books as a lower cost. The store also buys back calculators, cell phones and video games and sells UNC gear. Sean Flannery, a sophomore art major, said he has heard of the new store. “I think it’s a really cool idea that they sell other items needed for classes,” Flannery said.

Many students are wondering how all three bookstores are going to fare with the current competition, but both Flannery and Hedberg said they believe it has a shot, especially because the university is getting more students every year. Flannery said he thinks any store that will give the Barnes & Noble a run for its money is a good idea. Textbook Brokers managers said the store’s employees are well-educated and will work with students to help them get the best price possible. The store is not hiring at this time, but Mahan said the store will be hiring part-time help at the beginning and end of each semester.

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Artist displays Holocaust-inspired works in Michener ALEXANDRIA VASQUEZ A reception was hosted on Tuesday evening in the Mari Michener Gallery for Martin Mendelsberg’s haunting, eye-opening art display commemorating victims of the Holocaust. The Friends of the UNC Libraries sponsored the event, which was one of the first in a week of Holocaust memorial observances coordinated by the City of Greeley. The display featured 50 pieces of art dedicated to exploring the typography of the Hebrew alphabet and connecting it to the devastation of the Holocaust. Mendelsberg, the 62-year-old artist,

explained that his discovery of an old family photo was what inspired the entire collection. The piece that spawned the rest of the collection features a photo of two young girls, relatives of Mendelsberg who were lost in the Holocaust. He accompanied this photo with the “shemah,” which Mendelsberg considers to be one of the most important Jewish prayers. It is the prayer many Jews recited before their untimely deaths in the gas chambers. “We’re fortunate that he allowed us to display his art,” said Naomi Johnson, who co-chaired

the event. Johnson booked Mendelsberg, an acclaimed Denver artist who was exhibited internationally two years ago. The incorporation of real photographs gave the display a poignant touch. Learning about the Holocaust from a textbook is vastly different from making an emotional connection with such tragic events, and art helps makes those connections. “I’ve known about the Holocaust and what happened, but putting it into an art form really brought it home,” said Aleah Meade, a freshman journalism major. While the images were

made modern with the help of a computer, Mendelsberg’s interest in the Hebrew alphabet started years ago with only a quill fashioned from a turkey feather. “I was totally amazed by the aesthetics of the letters,” Mendelsberg said. The artists spent seven years studying with a “sofer,” the Hebrew word for scribe, in order to learn how to produce Hebrew letters. The scribe is responsible for writing the Torah scrolls, which are used for worship in synagogues around the world. Handouts with illustrations of the Hebrew


Artist Martin Mendelsberg explains one of the pieces to onlookers on Tuesday evening in Michener. His exhibit, “Holocaust Portfolio,” is now on display in the Mari Michener Gallery. alphabet and explana- tion of the art. “My pieces are purtions of the story of the Shoah were available at posefully small, so that you have to stop and look the reception. Mendelsberg also led a at the details. You might walkthrough of his art for not know the full story, those in attendance. but you, as the viewer, However, his hope is that have the power to comthe story,” each viewer can take away plete his or her own interpreta- Mendelsberg said.

UNC Alumnus produces jazz album that does well on iTunes charts JOANNA LANGSTON UNC is a small school with a big reputation for producing artists of excellent quality, and Matt Smiley, an alumnus of the music graduate school at the University of Northern Colorado, is an example. After recently completing his master’s degree, Smiley formed a musical alliance with a handful of jazz aficionados to create his self-produced album, “Quartet Art.” The album was recorded over a span of two days in UNC’s

recording studio. It was mixed and mastered by music veteran Greg Heimbecker. This collaboration brought Smiley together with three friends from his undergraduate years in Virginia. Bandmates include fellow UNC alumni Matthew Coyle (drummer and percussionist), James Madison University saxophone professor David Pope (trumpet), Josh Reed (trumpet) and Ryan Fourt (guitar). “I moved from Virginia to Colorado to get a master’s in jazz, and I thought

how nice the recording area was here, and that I should not only get a degree but also produce my first album,” Smiley said. “The students at UNC are really creative individuals. It’s been really great.” Half of the music was meticulously composed by Smiley himself, and the other half features recorded improvisations of the other artists, following Smiley’s direction. The four musicians have been playing together for the past seven years. “There are a lot of different influences. Anthony

Braxton, the saxophonist, faculty and graduate stuwas one; he used a lot of dif- dents on a frequent basis. “I was ferent symbols involved and more artwith most of based things in the free the way he improv stuff, would write his which is music out. For really fun to instance, the play, just title track being able to comes from dif— Matt Smiley, a listen to ferent shapes I each other wrote out, like UNC alumnus and feed off circles and tri- and musician each other. angles.” who self pro Sometimes Ryan Fourt it’s bad, and c u r r e n t l y duced a CD sometimes resides in you make Greeley, working as a freelance musi- some musical magic,” cian, playing with music Fourt said. “We were real-

“ The students at UNC are really creative individuals. It’s been really great.

ly trying to create sonic textures and sounds as opposed to just playing.” The full CD was released March 29, and that same day made iTunes’ list of top20 selling albums in the jazz category. It is also currently available on EMusic. Each track is unique, and some lively songs, such as “Skeed” or “Hagalaz,” suggest a rock vibe. Others are sweet, such as “Stars Fill the Sky.” “‘Quartet Art’ will take the listener’s ear and mind on a voyage into the world of sound that is Matt Smiley,” the foursome’s website advertises.

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Amadeus’ reign ends with UCCC performance, hero fights customs STAFF REPORT On Friday and Saturday, the College of Performing and Visual Arts, the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance concluded their 2010-11 opera theater season exclusively made up of content composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart . The last show of a season that also included performances of “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Magic Flute” was “Don Giovanni.” The two-act play was first performed in Prague in 1786. The drama taps into the Don Juan myth and centers on an arrogant, wealthy young man


From left to right: Christopher Rogers, Mark Peterson and Kara Bishop sing in the Saturday night performance of “Don Giovanni” in the UCCC. As in most operas, the who cannot keep his sexual desires under control, hero suffers from his own destroying the mores of his sense of hubris, a fall that society. The more Don comes with his pride. Don Giovanni defies convention, Giovanni even brings about the more he stokes the ire of the wrath of the supernatural when his sordid life gets too his peers.

out of control. Since its first performance, “Don Giovanni,” Spanish for Don Juan, has inspired countless artists. For example, the notable Victorian playwright George Bernard Shaw relied on some of the themes from “Don Giovanni” for his “Man and Superman.” The opera was performed in its original Italian, but attendees of the show were provided with translated subtitles. Under the direction of Russell Guyver, the University Symphony Orchestra provided the show’s music. University of Northern

41st annual Jazz Festival brings smooth sounds TOTIANNA WEEKLY The city of Greeley and UNC music students will be showered with the smooth classic styles of the 41st annual Jazz Festival, which begins on Thursday and ends on Saturday. This three-day event will be hosted at the Union Colony Civic Center’s Monfort Hall. This large-scale event is one of the biggest in the nation: it hosts about 7,500 jazz students who range from collegiate levels to middle school. The Jazz Festival lasts for the majority of the day and night. Throughout the days of the festival, free activities, performances and workshops will be held

for the public and the University of Northern Colorado community. During the week, about 250 students, various bands and many vocal ensembles will perform. At night, evening main stage spectacular concerts will commence. These groups of concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are schedule to end at 10:00 p.m. New York Voices with UNC Jazz Band I and Northern Colorado Voices are two bands that will perform on Thursday. On Friday, An Evening with Chick Corea and Gary Burton and All-Star Big Band are slated to perform. On Saturday, the last day of the event, Benny Green and UNC Jazz

Band I will take the stage along with Jeff Coffin and Donny McCaslin, who will be performing a tribute to John Coltrane. For night lovers, the Jazz Festival will also include “After Hours” concerts. These performances will begin at 10:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening at the Clarion Hotel on 8th Street. Music lovers of all ages are able to partake in

these free sessions, but attendees will be admitted on a first-come-first served basis. After Hours will be hosting special guests that include Clay Jenkins, Paul McKee, Don Aliquo and other musicians from the UNC Jazz Faculty Trio. For more information, details and facts about the41st annual Jazz Festival, visit or call 970-3512394.

Colorado art and design professor Seiger Hartgers provided some of the set decorations. All of the operas were held in the Union Colony Civic

Center in either the Hensel Phelps Theatre or Monfort Hall. Brian Luedloff currently serves as the director of opera theatre at UNC.

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Baseball drops series finale to rival Air Force BEN WARWICK

Fans attending Thursday’s UNC baseball game against Air Force expecting the usual slugfest instead found themselves watching a rare pitcher’s duel. In his first career start on the mound, University of Northern Colorado senior pitcher Brendan Hall went four spotless innings for the Bears (12-27, 8-4 GWC), giving up two hits and striking out a career-high four batters in the 4-1 loss to the Falcons. Hall would have pitched longer, but the teams had previously agreed on a pitchcount limit for their starters as the game was a non-conference affair. “First inning, it was just about challenging — working ahead of each batter,” Hall said. “My biggest mentality when I get back out

there for the fourth is work fast, work ahead, and just try to get some ground balls or some fly-ball outs and just make it a quick inning so I can get my offense back in there to hopefully keep the good ‘mojo’ going.” UNC junior outfielder Jarod Berggren, who has been on a recent hot streak, went 1-for-4 at the plate. Junior first baseman Casey Coy, senior outfielder Marcus Valenzuela, and junior shortstop Adam Hilker each added hits of their own. Hilker also scored UNC’s only run on a RBI single by junior outfielder Bret Fanning in the third inning. Two other Bears also connected for base hits in the game. Berggren said he attributes his hot streak to a renewed approach at the plate.

“I think earlier, I was really pressing,” Berggren said. “I was trying to do more than I could, and now it’s kind of just like go out there and see what I can do instead of what I think I should.” UNC freshman Chris Hammer went three innings in relief of Hall. Though he also struck out four, he allowed four hits and two runs to take the loss and run his record to 1-4 on the year. The Falcons got their first run in the fifth inning when senior designated hitter Jon McMahon led off with a double and was brought home on a single by sophomore third baseman Matt Thorne. Air Force scored again in the seventh on an RBI triple by freshman outfielder Patrick Lobo and again in the eighth when McMahon and Thorne both singled to plate one

run apiece to give the Falcons their 4-1 winning margin. Though the Bears left eight runners on base, UNC head coach Carl Iwasaki said the team’s offense showed a lot of positives going into a 16game conference stretch. “We’re not going to win every game,” Iwasaki said. “As long as we play our style of baseball, which is high-energy and playing hard every pitch, it doesn’t matter what the outcome on the scoreboard is, as long as we control our energy and our effort.” UNC remains 8-4 in Great West play, earning them second in the conference with just over three weeks left in the regular season. Iwasaki also said the team is confident going into its next series against the New Jersey Institute of Technology,


UNC freshman catcher Matt Jones runs toward third base Tuesday against Air Force at Jackson Field. Jones went 1-for-3 in the game. which starts at 3 p.m. Friday at Jackson Field To play well, Iwasaki said the team has to keep the

mentality in mind they’ve had all year long. “Let’s take it one pitch at a time,” Iwasaki said.

Senior pitcher comes back from surgery, becomes ace SAMANTHA FOX

In his five years at UNC, senior pitcher Joe Sawicki has become a significant part the baseball team’s pitching staff. Last week, Sawicki was named Great West Pitcher of the Week for the fifth time in his career. Last season he was also named to the all-conference first team and Great West Pitcher of the Year. Three seasons ago, Sawicki had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after it snapped during one of his starts at New Mexico State. Sawicki said the rehab made his elbow and shoulder

stronger last season when he had a 3.06 ERA. In that season, Sawicki had to step up following the loss of key pitchers after the previous season. “He was just kind of shoved into that role — he hadn’t taken on that leadership role yet, and he really took it upon himself to get better,” said senior second baseman T.J. Berge. “He worked out in the weight room—gained a lot of weight. He just really led by example, and when he gets on the mound he’s all business, and a lot of people take to that.” Sawicki moved to Colorado from Georgia in

2001 and senior outfielder I think it was all smooth sailMarcus Valenzuela has been ing from there.” friends with Sawicki since. Valenzuela said one of his “We’ve played favorite memories together for so of playing with long, and it was Sawicki was great to see him against Poudre really realize how their senior year at good he was,” Monarch High Valenzuela said. School. “And once he “One time in came into his own high school, we when he got here, Joe Sawicki were beating a it was really good has a 1.80 ERA team so bad we to see because he and a 2-0 record in needed to basialways had that. conference games cally strikeout for He never really the third out on this season. realized until he purpose with the got to college how bases loaded, so good he really was, and I think they put Joe in,” Valenzuela once he started to realize that, said. “They figure he’s a pitch-

er and he would have no problem striking out on purpose, and he ended up hitting a grand slam and got in trouble with our coach, but it was more hilarious than anything.” Sawicki was not originally planning on attending UNC or playing baseball until a call came from former head coach Kevin Smallcomb. “I was two weeks away from going to CU and not playing baseball,” Sawicki said. “We were on a plane to Albuquerque, New Mexico to play in the regionals for high school, and right when we land I’m waking up from a nap and got a call from

coach Smallcomb and he was like, ‘Hey Sawicki, Coach Smallcomb here. I was just wondering if I could have a minute of your time.’ And I straight up big-leagued him and told him I’d call him back.” After graduation, Sawicki said he hopes to keep playing baseball, and has a job lined up working as a salesman in his dad’s business. “I’ve known him for eight months now; I love that kid. He does everything we ask,” head coach Carl Iwasaki said. “He’s going to graduate in two weeks, and he’s going to be a success in whatever he chooses to do in life.”

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Getting to know: senior T.J. Berge BEN WARWICK

Senior second baseman T.J. Berge has been a staple in the UNC lineup since his freshman year on campus. Berge graduates in two weeks, after a career to remember at UNC. Berge comes from a baseball family, as his father Jordan, who also attended the University of Northern Colorado, was drafted in the 27th round of the MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds in 1982. Berge took some time Tuesday to talk with The Mirror about his senior year, plans for after graduation, and what motivates him off the field. The Mirror: What is your motivation behind your senior season? Berge: I just want to go out there and have the best season I possibly can to help my team win, and

that is kind of a byprod- your mentality for the rest uct. I also want to contin- of the season? ue playing after this year. Berge: Go In the offseaout there, and I son, I’ve gotten think we can some calls, and beat anybody so hopefully I on our day. So, can play well I think our enough to get mentality is picked up, and that we just we can win a lot have to go out of games and there and trust get a conference T.J. Berge ourselves and c h a m p i o n s h i p said he hopes to do what we can this year. do, because we continue playing The Mirror: baseball after can play with What is the main graduation. anybody. I feel thing you feel like we give contributed to ourselves a the sweep this past week- chance to win every end? game. The Mirror: What, to Berge: I feel like we’re just out there a lot more you, is the bright spot of confident than we have the team this year? been all year. I think even Berge: Right now, our when things go bad for an defense and pitching is inning, I think we’re able unbelievable. They’ve to pick each other up a been doing just a great whole lot better than we job of getting us ground have been for the entire balls. No one’s trying to year. do too much right now. The Mirror: What’s Hitting-wise, I think a lot

of people are trying to do a little bit too much … You saw it this weekend when we had double-digit runs, and everybody’s just playing confident and trusting ourselves. The Mirror: Why’d you choose second base when you started playing? Berge: Honestly, I got put at second base when I was eight years old, and I’ve never moved. In high school, I was moved over to short, and then another kid came in who was a year younger than me. He’s actually the South Dakota State shortstop right now, so I’ve always had a pretty good shortstop around me as to where I’ve always been the guy one over. The Mirror: Who was your favorite player growing up? Berge: Ken Griffey Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero. I know they don’t play second base, but who doesn’t

Baseball, softball players honored STAFF REPORT

A UNC baseball and softball player earned conference player of the week honors, their respective conferences announced Tuesday. University of Northern Colorado junior outfielder Jarod Berggren was named the Great West Conference Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks for games played last week. Berggren hit the gamewinning two-run homerun in the top of the ninth inning April 19 at Air Force

after fouling off five con- his career Berggren has garnered this award. secutive pitches. Melanie Buol of the In the team’s weekend UNC softball four-game team, however, sweep of conferwas named the ence foe TexasPacific Coast Pan American, S o f t b a l l Berggren went 8Conference’s for-16 with four M o u n t a i n of those hits Division Player going for extra of the Week for bases. He had Melanie Buol the first time in five RBIs Sunday earned her first her career. in the team’s PCSC Player of the A sophomore nine-run fifth Week award of her third baseman, inning, hitting a career Tuesday. Buol went 7-forthree-run homer and a two-run single to 12 in the team’s weekend split of a four-game road help complete the sweep. This is the third time in series against Utah Valley.

She had 6 RBIs and two homeruns to help the Bears keep pace with Portland State for the top spot in the Mountain Division. The winner of the division will host the 2011 PCSC Championship Series with an NCAA Tournament berth up for grabs. The softball team starts a four-game series with Portland State at noon Sunday at Butler-Hancock Softball Field, and the baseball team starts a fourgame series with the New Jersey Institute of Technology at 3 p.m. Friday at Jackson Field.

love Ken Griffey Jr.? The reason I love Vlad Guerrero is because he can hit anything. He can hit the ball from his head to his toes, and he’ll hit it anywhere. That kind of confidence is unbelievable. The Mirror: What’s your favorite thing to do off the field? Berge: Probably eat. I eat more than anyone I’ve ever met, to be honest with you. You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but my roommate tells me I make him sick when we

go out to eat. He’s just like, “I’m going to throw up because of how much you’re eating right now.” The Mirror: Finally, does your future after graduation include baseball at all? Berge: Absolutely. I hope it does. From the beginning of the year, I was doing really well, and I think lately I’ve hit kind of a lull, so I think if I can pick myself up and get going again, I think I’ll have a very good chance of continuing playing.

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