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Car crashes into exterior of Wiebking Conor McCabe

Ben Stivers | The Mirror

Caution signs block the entryway to Wiebking Hall Wednesday following the crash of a Chevy pickup truck early that morning. The truck was carrying two Utah residents, neither of which are UNC students. Alcohol is believed to be a factory in the crash.

Students on their way to and from class last Wednesday morning observed UNC maintenance workers cleaning and repairing the front walkway of Wiebking Hall after a Chevy pickup truck crashed into the central campus building earlier in the day. At approximately 1:33 a.m. April 24, the pickup was traveling eastbound on 20th Street and See CRASH on Page 4

Sophomore hitting high marks for track team Daymeon Vaughn

The UNC track and field team has seen plenty of outstanding performances this season, several coming courtesy of sophomore high jumper Trevor Evanson. “Back in high school, my sophomore year was my first year starting and it was mostly because of football, they made us (participate in track and field), so thatʼs what got us into it,” Evanson said. “I realized I wasnʼt good at a lot of that stuff, so I did the high jump, and I was pretty good at it, go-

ing to state my first year, coming back my junior and senior year and ended up winning it.” Pretty good is putting it lightly. Evanson was been one of the Bearsʼ top field athletes in his time at the University of Northern Colorado, continuing to grow after his true freshman campaign last year during which he finished sixth at the Big Sky outdoor championship and ninth in conference indoors. “It was very exciting getting to (the Big Sky See EVANSON on Page 12

championships), but I thought I was going to do better than I did,” Evanson said. “Then after the season was over, I didnʼt want to be in the mix with everyone else so I tried harder and it has gotten me first place this year. Iʼve gotten strong and faster, and thatʼs from weightlifting, running and doing lunges around the track.” Evanson has been on a streak this season, finishing no worse than second in any event in which he

has competed. The sole time he didnʼt win an event, at the Mt. SAC Relays, he matched the winnerʼs jump but attempted more jumps to reach the height. “It feels awesome getting first place, going out there and just winning.” Evanson said. “Being the last person that everyone is watching is a pretty good feeling. Continuing to get stronger, better, faster and higher is my goal.” With his outgoing

personality, Evanson has gained admirers on and off the track. “Trevor as a teammate is very supportive and a very fun guy; every track meet with him is a good time,” said freshman sprinter Joey Scott. “He is very competitive as well and always supports us in everything that we do. He doesnʼt run but Iʼm sure he would if we need him to fill a spot, heʼs a good guy.” When he is not competing, Evanson takes Ben Stivers | The Mirror

Sophomore high jumper Trevor Evanson leaps over the bar Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Fort Collins. Evanson placed first in the event with a jump of 6-11.

Vol. 94, Num. 45 April 29, 2013 /UNCMirror @UNCMirror Autism activist speaker

Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, speaks at UNC. Grandin is renowned for her many personal and professional accomplishments despite living with autism. Page 6

Women finish third

UNC’s women’s golf team places third in the Big Sky Championship tournament in Chandler, Ariz. Senior Carleigh Silvers led the Bears with a one-over 217, which was good for fifth in the individual tournament. Page 11

Thrift Store Fashions

Thrift shop fashions hit the floor at Earth Week’s Prom. From ‘90s inspired backwards hats to gorgeous gowns that costed as much as take-out, this celebration of the nature of recycling redefined what it means to dress to express. Pages 8-9

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Editor: Alexander Armani

This week around UNC: Monday, April 29 N/A No events scheduled.

Police blotter

Tuesday, April 30

The following were taken from last week’s UNC police log, read the full report at

9-11 a.m. Blackboard for First Timers/Part Timers Michener L-12 11:14 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Guest Lecture: Dick Volk, former BHP petroleum CEO Milne Auditorium

Wednesday, May 1

At 4:08 p.m. police responded to the 800 block of 19th Street – Bond Hall to a call regarding an information item.

Monday, May 6 All Week Finals Week UNC Campus 1-3 p.m. Get Ready for Next Semester Open Lab Michener Library L-12

Tuesday, May 7 9:30-11:30 a.m. Adobe Dreamweaver for Beginners Michener L-12 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Controller Candidate Open Forum University Center – Spruce C 7-9 p.m. LTAI Reading Group Redux Michener Library Room #113


@jimmykohles: Huge thanks to @UNCo_edu students/staff for “Living Green” this morning & supporting #BearsPayItForward #TreeCampusUSA & @StudentLEAF!! @linnix: @BaileyBroadhead At least y’all only have one. @UNCo_edu has 3: One for @UNCO_HRE, one for @UNCO_ RHA, one for @UNCO_NRHH. #Consolidate

At 1:12 p.m. police responded to the 1800 block of 8th Avenue – Gray Hall to a call regarding theft and vehicle trespassing.

Senior music education major Natalie Miller (left) and sophomore audiology student Bethany LeBrun (right) watch a game of ultimate frisbee at the practice fields on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Ben Stivers | The Mirror

@UNCoHESAL: video parody of #Dove skincare TV commercial about how men have higher self opinions by @UNCo_edu Theatre Arts alum

Send your photos fom around campus to or submit to our Facebook page. Please include the photo, your full name, year, major and a desciption of the photo (include full names if possible). Winners will receive a $5 Taste of Philly gift card.

Friday, May 3

5-7 p.m. Senior BBQ Gunter Green

@babylowah: I’m in love with university of northern Colorado! @CptTightPants: Roller disco.

At 12:52 p.m. police responded 2000 block of 14th Avenue – Candelaria Hall to a call regarding medical aid.

8:30-11:30 a.m. Nursing Sneak Peak UNC Visitors Center

@UNCOAdmissions: UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance Receives National Accreditation News at the University of Northern Colorado

Thursday, April 25

3:30-4:30 p.m. “This is Our World: Be Proud of Your Pride” Book Reading and Reception James A. Michener Library

3-4 p.m. Create Forms with Word and Acrobat Pro Michener L-12


At 1:33 a.m. police responded to the 900 block of 20th Street – Wiebking Hall to a call regarding assisting another agency.

At 12:11 p.m. the police responded to the 1700 block of 9th Avenue – Carter Hall to a call regarding medical aid.

1-2:30 p.m. Whatʼs New in Blackboard 9.1, SP11 Michenr L-12

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Snapshot of the week

Wednesday, April 24

9-10:30 a.m. Whatʼs new in Blackboard 9.1, SP11 Michener L-12

Thursday, May 2

April 29, 2013

Campus Reflections Dates and times set for Spring Commencements

School of Theatre Arts and Dance nationally accredited

Alumni group gets laughs with Dove parody video

UNC Sustainability Council seeking new members

The University of Northern Colorado will host this yearʼs Spring Commencement ceremonies May 10 and 11. The ceremony for graduate student commencement will be Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The undergraduate student commencement will be Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at Nottingham Field. Both commencement ceremonies are free to attend and seating will be offered on a first-come firstserved basis. Dr. John R. Rodwick will speak at the graduate commencement. Dr. Kelly M. Johnson will speak at the undergraduate commencement.

The School of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Northern Colorado has received national accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The school is only the second undergraduate program in Colorado to receive NAST accreditation and is now the only program in Colorado that offers a NASTaccredited masters degree. The school offers bachelorʼs degrees in acting, design technology, musical theatre, and theatre education. There are 178 NAST-accredited institutions in the United States. Accreditation is granted through an extensive peer-review that occurs every six years.

A video produced by four UNC Theatre Arts alumni has recieved over 2 million views on YouTube over the last ten days. Scott Kruse, Kurt Quinn, Keir Kirkegaard and Erin Watkins make up the Los Angeles-based sketch-comedy group ʻNew Feelings Time.ʼ The video also featured UNC Theatre Arts alumnae Abby Ritt and Andi Davis. The video is a parody of a recent Dove commercial that is part of the Dove ʻReal Beautyʼ campaign. The video has recieved praise from the Huffington Post, which deemed it a “pretty brilliant video parody.” The video is titled, ʻDove Real Beauty Sketches-Men.ʼ

The University of Northern Colorado Sustainability Council is seeking new members. The Sustainability Council is open to students, staff and faculty at the university. According to the councilʼs webpage, its mission is to “identify and create opportunities to improve existing sustainability efforts.” Four subcommittees function within the council: Buildings/ Equipment/Operations, Communications, Student and Community Engagement, and Academics and Curriculum. Each subcommittee meets once a month. Those interested should contact Richard Jurin or Kirk Liechliter.


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The Mirror Poll:

Editor-in-chief: Steven Josephson

THE MIRROR During a 1965 performance the great musician Tom Lehrer once said, “I feel that if a person canʼt communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up.” Itʼs a philosophy that I feel many people would do well to follow, particularly in this day and age of instantaneous communication, when anyone can amass a large audience online given the right circumstances. Why do I bring this up right now as I write this editorial? Mainly because Iʼve been put in a position where Iʼve been asked to communicate to you.

Reflects Thoughts from the editorial staff of The Mirror If it needs to be said, The Mirror will say it —that’s a promise

Perhaps not only that, but also to inform, educate, enlighten or enrage you if I feel the need has arisen to do so. It is a privilege that I do not take lightly, and one that I anticipate using to the fullest in the coming year. For those of you who donʼt know it, The Mirror is an independent paper. While we do receive a small amount of funding from the school, the lionʼs share of our funding comes from selling advertisements. The downside to that fact is that our equipment is not grade-A. Iʼm typing on a computer that

struggles to get on to basic websites while using 10-year-old software to assemble this paper. Still, the upside to that is well worth the occasional headache that comes from dealing with older equipment. We here at The Mirror have the grand opportunity to say whatever it is that we feel needs being said without the fear of retribution in the form of lost funding or censorship by university mucky-mucks. The grand opportunity is thereby afforded us to call out the establishment, both for good and bad, to bring to light anything that might otherwise be hid-

den away. Itʼs a power and a privilege that I intend to use for good, and one that I intend not to waste by not saying anything. To quote a contemporary movie character, “I aim to misbehave.” Well, maybe not. Iʼm not going to just stir the pot for the sake of causing civil unrest. Rest assured, though, if the need arises to cause trouble by stating the truth plainly and bringing up uncomfortable subjects about comfortable people, Iʼll do so without compunction. As a part of that promise, I also encourage you to do the same. Write a letter to the editor; bar-

ring libel, weʼll print it and allow your voice to be heard. Give our news line a call and let us know whatʼs happening around campus. Get on Facebook and keep us accountable for our stories. If we screwed up, tell us. We want everyone on campus to be a part of this conversation. Whatever the case, be aware that when we feel that something needs to be said, it will be communicated right here.

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Mixed martial arts and its culture distasteful to casual observer Like Towels By Michael Nowels


aturday night, a friend and I sat in the bar area at Old Chicago enjoying pizza, beer and conversation when it began. Bit by bit, the Tapout and Ed Hardy catalogs walked in the door for a pay-per-view MMA fight. Thatʼs when we knew it was time to leave. For decades, kids looking to find their place in society gravitated toward martial arts classes in hopes of finding a niche. Many found a passion for their fighting style of choice, gaining discipline and perspective from their efforts, along with hand-

to-hand combat skills and an understanding of when to use them. In recent years, though, the image of martial arts enthusiasts has drastically changed. It went from outcasts searching for an identity to spiked hair, tribal tattoos on white dudes and flashy, too-tight shirts, often paired with bedazzled jeans. The fight that brought all these strange humans near our dinner table was over in less than five minutes, as Jon “Bones” Jones beat the hell out of loudmouth Chael Sonnen before the end of the first round. But MMA culture runs deeper than watching the bad guy be abused. Iʼm unsure of the allure in watching two people bleed all over one another, but the opportunity to do so has recently been afforded to women.

This is nice because now they have a place in the “sport” beyond the job of ring girl, whose task appears to only be walking around the ring in a bikini with an oversized card conveying the number of the impending round. Iʼve not seen any water at any event, but perhaps Iʼm just a newbie. At least MMA is honest in its exploitation of these women – no silly dance routines to distract from the sexuality. Yes, I recognize ring girls subject themselves to these circumstances, but in many ways, theyʼre simply subscribing to the system in which they find themselves. This subculture is becoming more “culture” than “sub” as restaurants across the nation capitalize on the movement by purchasing the right to show

the fight and watching the flagrant self-importance stroll on in, ready to partake in cheap-beer-chugging contests. I suppose my main qualm with mixed martial arts is the same reason so many are drawn to it – simply, itʼs banal. Even as I tried to ignore the undercard bouts and finish my meal, I must admit my eyes drifted toward the screen with the octagon at an alarming rate. There is something primal and attention-grabbing about the experience, but the severe lack of dignity and sophistication far outweighs my interest. Boxing culture has a measure of self-awareness that makes the violence of the sport more palatable, but MMA sheds that attribute. Itʼs professional wrestling without the folding chairs and razors. A major news story

overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombings was the ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama, Miss. senator Roger Wicker (R) and Lee County, Miss. judge Sadie Holland. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo, Miss., is now a suspect being held in the case, and he is a martial arts instructor. MMA has entered our restaurants and schools, but the clear agenda is a larger-scale takeover. These people are using Walter Whiteʼs methods to attack the government and framing Elvis impersonators. They must be stopped, preferably by means beside knockout or tapout. — Michael Nowels is a junior elementary education major and the sports editor for The Mirror. He can be reached at

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April 29, 2013

Alcohol likely involved in crash Professor recognized for engaged research CRASH from Page 1

crashed into the southern façade of Wiebking Hall. The vehicle was carrying Luis Tellez, 19, and Zachary Wyatt, 22, both from Utah, and came to rest on the driverʼs side wedged in between the residence hall and the walkway. Neither man is a UNC student. “Tellez sustained minor injuries, while Wyatt had more serious head injuries,” said Sgt. Susan West, public information officer for the Greeley Police Department. “Both were transported to (North Colorado Medical Center) for treatment, and Wyatt remained at the hospital (Wednesday) morning in ICU. The extent of his injuries is unknown.” Calls to a spokesper-

son from North Colorado Medical Center have not been returned to The Mirror. The accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed. Alcohol appears to have been a factor. On the way to and from class Wednesday morning, students could observe the accident firsthand near one of the campusʼ busiest intersections, by simply following the tire marks. “When the vehicle left the roadway, it was out of control,” said Doug Medhurst, an accident investigator for the Greeley Police Department. “It tore up some grass and ran over a street sign. It then proceeded back onto the road, still out of control, toward the intersec-

tion of 10th Avenue and 20th Street. It then entered UNC property, hit a bike rack and crashed into the dorm. “Both have IDs from Utah and donʼt show any local addresses,” Medhurst added. Wiebking Hall is located at the intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street and currently houses 177 students, none of whom were injured during the incident. The bicycle rack in front of the building was damaged, as was the guardrail along the sidewalk. “Damage to the building was minor and there were no injuries to any of the dormitory residents. The building had no structural damage, and repairs are already underway,” West said.

Ben Stivers | The Mirror

Kyle Anne Nelson, an assistant professor of sociology, received the Award for Excellence in Social Science Engaged Research.

Anna Evans

In 2012, UNC created the Award for Excellence in Social Science Engaged Research, and now in its second year, the award targets faculty at the university who display exemplary participation in civic and social engagement. This year, the award, including a $1,000 research grant, was given to Kyle Anne Nelson, an assistant professor of sociology. Nelson, who is in her fourth year of teaching at the University of Northern Colorado, worked closely with the Global Refugee Center (GRC) to gather information about the growing refugee population in Greeley. She applied her work to her classroom and gave her students an opportunity to learn by doing. “We have a faculty committee who review applicants and Dr. Nelson was the unanimous choice,” said Teresa McDevitt, professor of psychological sciences and member of the awarding committee. “Sheʼs done a lot of exemplary work in the community with the immigrant population. Sheʼs given students the opportunity to work in the community.” Nelson, who was raised

in Colorado, said she always had an interest in immigration. “Before coming to UNC, my research focused on Hispanic immigrants and integration issues,” she said. “Coming here, I met colleagues with similar interests and learned of the bourgeoning refugee population here in Greeley. I had no idea that we have a really rapidly-growing refugee population from east Africa and Asia.” According to Nelson, 3,000 or more refugees have come to Greeley since 2007, the majority coming from Burma (Myanmar) and Somalia. However, there are refugees from more than 30 countries in Greeley alone. “They are large families with low incomes. They need English assistance, they need integration assistance,” Nelson said. “So I connected with the Global Refugee Center through UNCʼs growing community engagement focus.” The GRC, located north of campus at 1424 13th Ave., offers services to refugees and the general immigrant community. It offers ESL, GED and citizenship classes, as well as tips on how to pay bills, operate appliances, attain employment and understand laws.

“Weʼve worked with Dr. Nelson for about a year,” said Alexandra Walker, a program coordinator for the Global Refugee Center. “Sheʼs streamlined all of our client intake forms and all of our case logs to give us a picture of the number of people that weʼve served. Sheʼs done really intensive migration history work to see where the refugees that live here in Greeley are coming from and how they got to Greeley.” The GRC members were thrilled to have Nelsonʼs classes come to the center and learn more about the refugee population. She is now a member of the board of directors. “I think that Dr. Nelson is an extremely passionate person,” Walker said. “Sheʼs really passionate, really deserving of an award, has really gone above and beyond trying to help GRC and help the refugee community through research.” The ability to combine her efforts of classroom education and real-world application is something Nelson said she really savors. “Thereʼs been a good synergy of what I can do in the classroom, what I can do in the community, and what I can do as a professional sociologist in gathering data and getting it out into my field,” she said. “As a sociologist, itʼs a great feeling to be able to experience, ʻIʼm teaching it, Iʼm living it, and Iʼm professionally producing it.ʼ We live these perspectives in our own lives. You can affect change and be a good citizen no matter what your professional occupation.” Her passion for studying the immigrant and refugee population extends to the people she helps, as well. See NELSON on Page 10


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April 29, 2013

Animal science expert and autism activist speaks at UNC Laurel Casey

Temple Grandin, a doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, autism activist, best selling author and consultant on animal behavior visited UNC April 22 and gave a powerful presentation on what it is like to live with autism. The School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, as well as the Special Education department hosted Grandin. Grandin specializes in animal handling systems as an industrial designer. Grandin was not seen as a “normal” child growing up. She began speaking at age 4 and was bundled in all sorts of diagnoses that were far from what she really had, which was autism. The diagnosis

Colleen Allison | The Mirror

Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, speaks to a full room Monday, April 22 in the University Center Ballrooms.

of autism is not precise – it is a behavioral profile. Grandin described how people couldnʼt seem to see past the label of disorders

such as autism and how early intervention programs and discipline are what helped her most. “Our professors adver-

tised attending this event because our major works with people that may have autism,” said Jamie Walter, a senior audiology and speech

language sciences student. “I liked when she talked about different sensory issues and how to work with them in classrooms. The color of the walls and even paper can affect a student and how they learn.” Grandin presented the history of the autism diagnosis, and briefly explained the genetic aspects in autistic versus non-autistic individuals. Temple had vividly colored brain scans that have been used in studies to visually show the audience what parts of her brain look like compared to the average person. She has more abnormalities in the left hemisphere, as well as her cerebellum being about 20 percent smaller than usual. Grandin described the skills that worked well and those that didnʼt in her treatment. Grandin also proposed

teaching styles that can be integrated into classrooms for all students, disabled or not. They say, “Youʼve got to look at what a person can do.” In this case, Temple couldnʼt do algebra but was proficient in geometry. There tends to be uneven skills with autistic individuals. Multitasking can be a real struggle, and having directions written out over hearing them and relying on memory is extremely helpful. Grandin showed a few slides of cattle, creatures she loves deeply and can relate to when analyzing their behavior and preferences. Flags, a hanging chain, a beam of light shining through a door or ceiling crack and other seemingly See TEMPLE on Page 15

Information fair kicks off Earth Week Anna Evans

Earth Day was just the beginning of UNC students showing their commitment to the environment as Earth Week was celebrated at the university with a variety

of events. The weekʼs festivities were kicked off on Monday with the “Learn Green” informational fair on the lower level of the University Center. The fair featured booths from the Residence Hall Association, University

“We’re promoting our recycle centers in town. We have a green recycle center and a regular recycle center for glass and paper and plastic.

-Deb DeBoutez, City of Greeley employee Program Council, dining services and the city of Greeley. Presenters advocated sustainability through various methods, like a quiz game and giving away small plants and other ecofriendly handouts. Opportunities for students to take part in going green were also presented. “Weʼre here to celebrate Earth Day and Week at UNC,” said Deb DeBoutez, an employee of the city of Greeley. “Weʼre promoting our recycle centers in town. See GREEN on Page 10


April 29, 2013

This week in A&E

Editor: Shimon Lidmark

Local rock bands consecrate stage for fab future shows Sarah Kirby

Sarah Kirby | The Mirror

Nate Valdez from In the Whale rocks the stage with his voice.

The Moxi Theatreʼs doors opened to a crowd of Greeleyites craving a show at a venue with class, and they were not disappointed. The Moxiʼs launch party occurred last Thursday and featured Northern Colorado bands The Photo Atlas and In the Whale. Those attending paid $5-20 to get on the guest list for this show, which went toward the Moxiʼs Indiegogo campaign. The campaign is to raise $10,000 for stage equipment and remodeling projects. So far, more than $7,200 has been raised.

With tiered standing and seating room available, everyone at the concert had a clear view of the rather large and spacious stage. With the stage kissing the dance floor, an intimate setting was created. “We expect to be showing live music three to four days a week, definitely every Friday and Saturday,” Eli Corliss from The Crew Presents said. “Iʼm glad and honored to have created this space. I think it is large enough to have a great deal of room to grow.” The Photo Atlas, a fourman Denver band, showcased an energetic sound that was a clear sign these guys were ready to rock. The group is influenced by At the Drive IN and Modest Mouse.

Local Greeley sensation In the Whale gave a stellar performance in which the crowd cheered and pumped their fists in excitement. In the Whaleʼs sound was sliced with influences from the Black Keys meets My Bloody Valentine to create an edgy punk sound. The two-man band paid homage to Corliss when they said, “Eli has come a long way, and we are excited to baptize this mother****** for him tonight.” After the show, guest could be found congregating at the bar where a series of domestic micro-brews were on tap along with a full bar. Food, mostly in the form of bagel sandwiches, were also available for purchase. Greeley has been in

need of a solid concert venue for local musicians and the Moxi has stepped up as a foxy venue for people to get their groove on. “Itʼs good to finally have an actual building with architecture that is interesting and close to everything downtown,” Greeley resident Clint Slaughenhaupt said. “I think this space will work out surprisingly well.” The Moxi is located at 802 9th St in the heart of downtown Greeley, a hip downtown area for the Northern Colorado music scene to bud and bloom. For more information about upcoming shows at the Moxi Theatre go to or check out their Facebook page.

Angelic choir sings for triumphant man Odil Macias

To set the somber atmosphere for Albert Garihʼs holocaust survivor story, The Greeley Chorale performed some thematically relevant songs accompanied by a piano. The choir opened without introduction and sang for close to 10 minutes before people took the stage to introduce the guest speaker. The performance was part of Tuesdayʼs main event in honor of Holocaust Memorial Observance week. The audience in the University Center Ballrooms was composed of all ages, which was the intent of Naomi Johnson, the coordinator of the event. “Events like these are a great need in communities and all over the world because it is so sad to think people doubt the truthful-

ness of such atrocities like the holocaust,” Johnson said. The Greeley Chorale is a group of mostly senior age singers; they have a rich history performing at community events and internationally. One of the songs the group chose to perform was “You Raise Me Up.” “You Raise Me Up” was released in 2003 by a band from the UK called Secret Garden Duo; it was written by Rolf Loveland and Brendan Graham. The song was popularized in the United States by the famous Jewish singer Josh Groban. The lyrics and the slow, steady pace of the song reflected the serious, confiding tone of Garihʼs presentation. “When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary; when troubles come, and my heart burdened be,” the

opening stanza of the song begins. It is not difficult to imagine that, in fleeing Paris several times to hide at the farm homes of people brave enough to help him, Garih identified with the lyrics on some level. “The songs The Greeley Chorale chose for this event were perfect. I think it was a great opening to what we were about to listen to,” said Dulce Herrera, a senior majoring in Spanish. The songʼs chorus partially reads, “I am strong when I am on your shoulders; You raise me up to more than I can be.” These lyrics pertained to Garihʼs story in that he derived great strength from his mother; they were pursued by the Nazis when he was only a boy, so his mother was his protector. Garih said his mother had to endure great maltreatments from the Ger-

The Mirror—Page 7 Monday, April 29 6:15-7:15 p.m. Graduate Student Recital: Dawn Monachino, soprano Frasier 249 7-8:30 p.m. Graduate Student Recital: Cameron Rush, conducting Foundation Hall

Tuesday, April 30 4:40-5:45 p.m. Graduate Student Recital: Emily Loeffier, piano Kepner Hall Milne Auditorium 7 p.m. The Crew Presents: “A Sonnet to Silence” The Moxi Theatre Tickets, $5 in advance 4:40-5:45 p.m. Graduate Student Recital: Melissa Horan, trumpet 917 10th Ave

Wednesday, May 1 3:30-4:30 p.m. “This is our World: Be Proud of your Pride” Book Reading and Reception Michener 4:40-6 p.m. Student Recital: Breana Meyers, percussion Foundation Hall 6:15-7: 30 p.m. Graduate Student Recital: Matt Creviston, trumpet 917 10th Ave

Thursday, May 2 6:15-7:30 p.m. Graduate Student Recital: Kelley Kussmann, voice Milne Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Performing Art Series: Medea Lanworthy Theatre For tickets, please call 970-3512200 Odil Macias | The Mirror

The Greeley Chorale lulled the crowd to attention with their calming rendition of the inspiring song “You Raise Me Up.”

mans, and he recalled that his mother always displayed a strong attitude for the sake of her family, even though he could see the worry and pain in her eyes. “My deepest admiration and love for my mother, because of her strength

and tenacity is that we are alive today,” Garih said.

Holocaust To read more about the Holocaust speaker, go to Page 5.

Friday, May 3 7:30 p.m. Performing Art Series: Medea Langworthy Theatre 5-7 p.m. Kati Stanford’s Art Exhibit: “Fool’s Gold” The Blue Mug @ Margies 7:30 p.m. Performing Art Series: Medea Langworthy Theatre


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April 22, 2013

Outfielder taking leadership role in senior season Daymeon Vaughn

UNCʼs softball team is in a transition season with the entry of new head coach Shana Easley. However, the University of Northern Colorado has had a bright spot throughout the season in outfielder Lindsey Smith, a senior leader that has been a prime

performer for the University of Northern Colorado “Softball is something that Iʼve always known,” said Smith. “My parents got me in it because my dad played baseball but softball was the (sport) I was best at, so I stuck with it, and I donʼt like doing things Iʼm not good at.” As a native of Dallas, Smith has seen plenty of

ball fields, but her journey to becoming a Bear was started when she met Mark Montgomery at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. Montgomery, who was last seasonʼs coach for the Bears, recruited Smith to come to Northern Colorado and she made her impact early. She became a first-time all-conference honoree last

season, leading the team in most batting categories, including doubles and homeruns. This season, she is producing the same type of results. “This season Iʼve tried to take on more leadership responsibility as a senior and (am) really trying to help everyone else grow for next year and years to come,” she said. Smith has been a confident and reliable player for UNC at the plate, playing in all 41 games thus far and hitting an average of .331 also having 30 RBIs on 41 hits, leading the team. “Iʼve really — this year and last year — started to focus on the mental aspects of the game,” Smith said. “You could practice a bunch of hours but whatʼs important at the end of the day and in the games is your mental approach to everything.” When described by her teammates, Smithʼs demeanor is characterized as laid back and funny, and her off the field personality speaks volumes on why the team looks up to her leadership on the field. “I think sheʼs been a great leader – Iʼve always looked up to her,” said senior shortstop Jamie Pollak. “Last year, she was the person I looked up to the most to pick me up when I was down and she made the play and got the hit when she needed to, so she was a good person to

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Senior outfielder Lindsey Smith swings at a pitch earlier this season. Smith leads the team with a .331 average and 30 RBIs.

look up to, especially for the freshmen.” Gaining praise from her teammate, Smith has proved that actions speak louder than words with her consistent play for the Bears. “She is one of the few on the team that leads without speaking and you could watch how she plays, watch how she performs in practice and it speaks more than anything she could ever say to us,” said sophomore pitcher Kelci Cheney. “I think she is a good friend and teammate. If I need anything I go right to her.” Pollak said Smithʼs outgoing personality is a catalyst for the team. “The way she carries herself, I get more

relaxed, because when Lindsey doesnʼt say anything then something is wrong,” Pollak said. The uniqueness of Smithʼs character has struck a chord throughout the team, it seems, with her “infectious personality,” as Cheney described it. “She is really interested in the mental aspect of the game and really works hard on trying to be a complete leader, leading by example, being vocal when she needs to, trying to pick up players,” Easley said. “Her production helps tremendously. When she steps up in the box, you could feel the confidence, and I think the team and everyone feels like sheʼs going to get a hit.”


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Thrift store chic

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Students participate in thrift store dance Colleen Allison

About 50 UNC students showed up in their secondhand best for a Thrift Store Prom, an event put on Friday to have fun and encourage Earth-friendly practices. “Thrift Store Prom is a dance party to celebrate living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and to acknowledge all that Student LEAF and SEA club has done this year in promoting a more sustainable campus,” said William Woods a senior environmental sustainability studies and journalism major. As a way to let loose and enjoy the evening, the prom was used to market the importance of going

green and taking care of the planet. “Thrift Store Prom is an opportunity to celebrate Earth Week by dancing and encouraging students to use sustainable buying habits through thrift stores,” said Lauren Koppel, the social and developmental coordinator for the University Program Council. In addition to being a fun and creative outlet for students, the theme of responsible living was in full force. “I chose the theme for the thrift store because buying secondhand is not only more fiscally minded, but it promotes using less resources to accomplish a similar goal,” said Woods. “We donʼt need first hand consumerism.” The event was a part of

Earth week and was sponsored by Student LEAF and the Students for Environmental Action Club (SEA). Beta Alpha Psi also helped with this event by contacting local thrift shops and helping with the prom dress drive. UNC Student Radio provided the jams and sound equipment for the event. “The prom dress collection is to get pretty dresses to as many Jefferson High School students as possible,” Woods said. “A lot of families at District 6 high schools canʼt afford a prom dress but that doesnʼt mean that they canʼt enjoy themselves. So we are hoping to get as many dresses as possible and donate them to Jefferson High School to make those lovely la-

dies feel beautiful at their prom.” A total of six prom dresses were collected. At the event prom guests had the chance to dance the night away under several disco balls and lights. There was also a photo booth in which guests could take silly or formal pictures in a living room setting, which included a red arm chair, an end table and several lamps. “This is a great opportunity to have a great time on campus and get my dance on,” said Brent Engel, a junior environmental sustainability major. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis did not make an appearance, but the event was still, to borrow a phrase, “F****** awesome.”

Lime green gown, beaded ankle bracelet, hemp bracelet and earrings.

Total price: $7

Cathy Reid Craig Basarich Tweed jacket, yellow button-up shirt, purple bowtie and leather shoes.

Blue baseball cap, earrings, cat T-shirt, embroidered vest, shorts, fanny pack and flip-flops.

Total price: $13

Total price: $12

Megan Reetz Pink baseball cap, vintage dress, wool sweater, pink socks and white shoes.

Total price: $8

Students show thrift store shopping is fashion forward as well as earth-friendly Shimon Lidmark

Thrift store shopping can be a fantastic way to save money and be fashionably unique, as showcased by those in attendance at Fridayʼs Thrift Store Prom dance party for the environment. The party was coordinated by the Students for Environmental Action and Student LEAF in an effort to recycle donated prom dresses for School District 6 students who are unable to afford their own dresses and tuxedos. The event was successful in that it demon-

strated just how fashionable savvy thrift shopping can be if the newest trends are sidelined in favor of dressing for less. Balloons rattled on the Campus Recreation Centerʼs small gym floor as modern mixes were blasted from a DJ table. Slowly, UNC students trickled into the room, hesitating at the door, perhaps to peek in and see if they were appropriately dressed. However, at the Earth Week prom there was no such thing as a standard of appropriate dress. Women were seen wearing everything from

vintage dresses to beach shirts and backward hats to zany, metallic leggings. Megan Ehrlick, a freshman speech language pathology major, wore a vintage dress with a yellow skirt. With her thick, dark hair and big, enlivened eyes, she looked like Disneyʼs Snow White come to life. The men in attendance were equally creative, escaping the boring, conformist black suit and tie look. William Woods, a senior journalism and environmental sustainability studies major wore a light blue greaser uniform and bragged about

how little his jewelry cost. “Thin-ass chain, five bucks,” Woods said, lifting the gold chain off his chest to show his photographer. Some of the outfits were informal and seemed to mock the idea of wearing old clothes to a formal party, based on the haphazard, mismatched way the outfits were put together. But even the poorly dressed seemed to have fun with the idea of dipping into the products of trends long since deceased. There were some pretty striking ensembles at the event, clothes that cost far less than $20

to put together. Senior music education major Craig Basarich would win for class if the outfits had been judged. He slithered across the dance floor in a colorful tweed jacket, fun bow-tie and neat dress shoes. And, the entire outfit cost him little more than $10. Students can continue to save their hard earned cash and visit Greeleyʼs thrift stores, and the various neighborhood yard sales that will undoubtedly take place this summer. All it takes is the gumption to self-express, fashion sense, and an open mind.


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UNC women take to the wilderness WILDERNESS from Page 5

about was the different types of women who have been active and all of their notable endeavors. Some of the issues that women specifically face when camping were also discussed. The one particular area of discussion revolved around feminine hygiene while camping, where disposal of sanitary napkins is of particular importance. The concept of leave no trace camping was reiterated during the discussion, with the need to leave as

little impact as possible on the environment being a big part of the Outdoor Pursuits program. Outdoor Pursuits is located in the back of Harrison Hall near the Recreation Center. Outdoor Pursuits is able to rent out bikes and other gear to students at no cost to them, with fines only being applied in the case of late, lost or damaged equipment. “Since the Quality of Life Act was passed, students are able to rent sports equipment from us for free,” said Erica Beuthe, a

senior elementary education major. “The only way that students would have to pay is if they damage, lose or donʼt bring the item back to us on time.” The women of Outdoor Pursuits want other women to feel like they have a safe environment to be active and have fun with women who enjoy the same activities. Contact the Outdoor Pursuits Office to learn more about activities and trips theyʼve got planned by calling 970-351GEAR.

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Grant will fund community resources NELSON from Page 4

“A lot of the people here have experienced unbelievable trauma and loss, but are here and itʼs just a completely different reality,” she said. “Getting used to things like traffic, not to mention the language, not to mention perhaps feeling discriminated against by our culture, itʼs a huge adjustment. “Itʼs really interesting research. Itʼs so different for me, having had such a passion for examining Hispanic immigration issues, to think

about all the different stresses and challenges for immigrants from Latin America, but the bulk of east African and Asian refugees that we see, the traumatic experiences that theyʼve had are really different and a sharp contrast.” Through the university, Nelson hopes to encourage more community engagement. “This award and our university are really pushing us toward making the world a better place right here in our

community,” she said. “Itʼs better for our students to see that interaction, and itʼs better for us to strengthen our community and apply our expertise in meaningful ways as opposed to just talking amongst ourselves. Itʼs exciting that this type of work is being promoted here at UNC.” Nelson plans to use her research grant to funnel resources back into the community, by offering incentives for refugees to help each other.

UPC and Student LEAF host Earth Day info fair GREEN from Page 6

We have a green recycle center and a regular recycle center for glass and paper and plastic. Weʼre also celebrating and supporting community gardens. Weʼve got eight in town.” DeBoutez ran a booth that offered information on recycling, water conservation and local trails where people can get out of their cars and onto their feet to enjoy the environment. UNC Dining Services also hosted a small quiz game. Participants could spin a wheel and answer a question corresponding to the category it landed on and receive candy as a prize. They also provided healthy refreshments. “The most significant thing weʼve done towards being sustainable is that so many

of our to-go products are biodegradable, so they can just go into compost instead of a land fill,” said Donn Kuntz, a material handler with UNC Dining Services. “Weʼve also upgraded some of our appliances to be energy-star efficient so we use less electricity or gas. We started composting our food waste from Holmes Hall; it used to go to the landfill. We have vegetable gardens outside the dining halls done by volunteer work from the chefs.” Kuntz spoke about the food industryʼs usual use of non-sustainable resources to mass-produce food that sometimes ends up in a landfill. “The point is to promote sustainable food production,” Kuntz said. “I think our food system is really in danger because of its dependence on fossil fuels and

“I think Earth Week reminds people that you need to be sustainable year-round, because our Earth only has so many resources, and if we use them and can’t replenish them, what are we doing?”

-Lauren Koppel, social and developmental coordinator with the UPC chemicals and its lack of biodiversity.” The information from the fair undoubtedly came in handy for many. “There are a lot of initiatives in Greeley and on campus for students, they just need a chance to know about them,” said Lauren Koppel, a senior interdisciplinary studies major and social and

developmental coordinator with the University Program Council. “Weʼre reviving the info fair, getting information with Greeley organizations and student organizations out there.” The student body was excited to go green for Earth Week. However, the main takeaway from the week remained, if students want to help the environment, sustainable living is necessary all the time, not just this week. “I think Earth Week reminds people that you need to be sustainable yearround, because our earth only has so many resources, and if we use them and canʼt replenish them, then what are we doing?” Koppel said. “Weʼre trying to make students conscious and aware to always be sustainable.” A Bear Biz location with events and free movies every week! Check our website at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Swimmer’s decision to come out made easier by supportive team


the womenʼs 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle. Smith also swam anchor on many Swimming comes natu- of the relays. rally to JJ Smith, but it does Other than succeeding not define her as a person. in the pool, Smith swam in During her senior year, hopes of becoming a role Smith came out as lesbian to model to her fellow Bears. her teammates. “Jennifer was Smith, who a leader to many graduated from on our team, and UNC in Decemeveryone looked ber 2012 with a up to her,” said bachelorʼs degree senior Alicen in elementary Fair, Smithʼs foreducation, grew mer teammate. up in Aurora as a Many other swimmer. members of the “I kept swimteam echo Fairʼs JJ Smith ming because I sentiments. was good,” Smith said. “Jennifer always came Smith followed in her off as the ʻmama bearʼ in sisterʼs footsteps and started that anyone could talk to swimming when she was her about anything,” said just 2 years old. At first, Emily Essig-Peppard, anSmith did not want to swim other former teammate. in college; she wanted to Smithʼs familial role play field hockey on the grew even stronger when East Coast. She eventually she came out as lesbian to chose to attend the Univer- the team during her senior sity of Northern Colorado swimming season. because of its teaching pro“I had a huge weight gram and its swimming and lifted off of my shoulders,” diving team. she said. “I thought I had “Swimming kind of just to be secretive and hide my happened for me, but I am relationship because I did so glad I did it,” Smith said. not know how my teamSmith was a sprinter for mates would react.” the Bears and competed in Smith said she did not

vs. Air Force 3 p.m. Jackson Field

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Special to The Mirror

know it was the right time to tell her teammates. She simply hoped for the best. She hoped they would accept who she was and their feelings would not change. Smith was also worried she would be shunned and her team would see or treat her differently, but that was not the case. Smithʼs teammates did not change their views toward her, and they were supportive of her decision to come out. “It was like nothing changed at all, which I was very thankful for,” Smith said. Even though Smithʼs family did not support her coming out, the teamʼs bond grew even stronger. “I think after this, the team felt that we could 100 percent trust each other,” Fair said. “Our team was our second family and we care about everyone in it.” Itʼs common for homosexual athletes to avoid being open about their sexuality because they are too afraid their teammates will not support them. Smithʼs strength and courage, however, allowed her to come out. She did

Friday, May 3 vs. Utah Valley 3 p.m. Jackson Field Saturday, May 4 vs. Utah Valley Noon & 3 p.m. Jackson Field Sunday, May 5 vs. Utah Valley Noon Jackson Field

Men’s Golf Photo courtesy of JJ Smith

Former UNC swimmer JJ Smith poses in front of a giraffe at the San Diego Zoo on a team training trip in December 2011. Smith came out as a lesbian to her teammates in her senior season as a Bear and said that announcement made the team’s bond even stronger.

not know how she would be received, but she trusted the team to support her. Smith said her decision to come out made her swimming experience more enjoyable and she felt closer to her team.

“It is a scary thing to come out and say who you love when it is out of the ordinary,” she said. “It was worth it and I encourage other athletes to trust their teammates.”

Women’s golf finishes third at Big Sky Conference Championship Staff Report

The UNC womenʼs golf team finished in third place at the Big Sky Conference Championship, which concluded April 23. The University of Northern Colorado, the defending champion coming into the event, ended play with a score

of 901 (+37) was Portland over the course State, which of the three-day shot a 22-over tournament at 886. Tying the Ocotillo Golf Bears for third Resort in Chanwas Southern dler, Ariz. Utah. Northern Montana Arizona won State junior the tournament, Paige CrawCarleigh Silvers shooting an ford, who is 882 (+18) and from Colorado earning an NCAA Tour- Springs, won the indinament berth. Second vidual tournament with in

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shooting a 208 overall, good (-8), setting a for 13th, while 54-hole Big Sky senior HanChampionship nah McNeley record. and freshman Bears senior Amanda MyCarleigh Silers tied for 31st vers finished with a score the tournament of 234 (+18). fifth in the inSenior Libby Nicole Okada dividual standAvery finished ings with a 217 one shot be(+1). Freshman Nicole hind McNeley and Myers Okada shot a 224 (+8) in 34th place.

Monday, Apr. 29-Wednesday, May 1 American Sky Championship Dominion Country Club San Antonio

Softball Wednesday, May 1 vs. Colorado State 5 p.m. Butler-Hancock Field Friday, May 3 vs. Weber State 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Butler-Hancock Field Saturday, May 4 vs. Weber State 1 p.m. Butler-Hancock Field

Track & Field Saturday, May 4 Last Chance Meet at Colorado School of Mines Golden


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April 29, 2013

Women place third, men fifth at Fort Collins meet Women’s tennis season Staff Report

UNCʼs track and field teams had mixed results at the Jack Christiansen Invitational Saturday in Fort Collins as the womenʼs club finished third with 117 team points while the menʼs side scored 34 points, good for seventh place. Combined, the University of Northern Colorado finished third. Overall, Wyoming won the womenʼs event with a score of 167.5 and Colorado State won the menʼs competition with 124.5 points. CSU took the overall contest with a score of 285. Sophomore high jumper Trevor Evanson continued his hyper-successful season as he took first place with a jump of 6-11. Evanson has at least tied the highest jump in every event this season. Sophomore long jumper

Rachel Hinker set another personal record at 19-7.5, which is the second-longest jump in school history. Hinker also won the 100meter dash at a wind-aided 11.67 seconds, another personal best. But that wasnʼt all Hinker did for the Bears. She also helped the 4x100 relay team to a school-record 46.42-second finish, which earned second place in the meet. Senior Natasha Bruins, a member of the 4x100 team, set a personal best of her own in the long jump with a length of 18-10.5, good for fourth in the competition and second among collegians behind Hinker. Bruinsʼ jump, which is the third-longest in school history, also qualified her for the Big Sky Championship. The next event for the track and field team is the Last Chance Meet in Gold-

ends with loss to Southern Utah in BSC tournament Staff Report

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UNC sophomore Ashley Atkin (3) runs in the 1,500 meter run Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Invitational. Atkin finished 15th.

en at the Colorado School of Mines Saturday as it gears

up for the Big Sky event the following weekend.

The womenʼs tennis team saw its season come to an end on Friday as UNC fell 4-1 to Southern Utah in the first round of the Big Sky Championship tournament at the Gold River Racquet Club in Sacramento, Calif. The University of Northern Colorado (12-9, 7-3 Big Sky) had qualified for the fourth seed in the tournament and matched up with the fifth-seeded Thunderbirds (12-7, 6-4), but Southern Utah had the mild upset in hand prior to all individual matches finishing. The Thunderbirds took each of the first two dou-

bles matches, leaving no reason to finish the final match between the Bears tandem of senior Jennifer Buchanan and freshman Hilary Walters-West and SUUʼs Afton Staheli and Madeline Skaras. The two other doubles teams of juniors Elizabeth Tapia and Stephanie Catlin and sophomore Chrissie Hoolahan and freshman Claire Uhle fell 8-2 and 81, respectively. With a good start and a point under their belts, the Thunderbirds took it to the Bears in individual matches, winning three of four, all in straight sets. Walters-West was the only UNC player to win an individual match, beating Staheli 6-4, 6-1.

Evanson’s progress makes coaches, teammates optimistic for future seasons EVANSON from Page 1

championships), but I thought I was going to do better than I did,” Evanson said. “Then after the season was over, I didnʼt want to be in the mix with everyone else so I tried harder and it has gotten me first place this year. Iʼve gotten strong and faster, and thatʼs from weightlifting, running and doing lunges around the track.”

Evanson has ting first place, been on a streak going out there this season, finand just winishing no worse ning.” Evanson than second in any said. “Being event in which he the last person has competed. that everyone The sole time is watching is a he didnʼt win an pretty good feelevent, at the Mt. ing. Continuing SAC Relays, to get stronger, Trevor Evanson he matched the better, faster and winnerʼs jump but attempt- higher is my goal.” ed more jumps to reach the With his outgoing perheight. sonality, Evanson has “It feels awesome get- gained admirers on and off

the track. “Trevor as a teammate is very supportive and a very fun guy; every track meet with him is a good time,” said freshman sprinter Joey Scott. “He is very competitive as well and always supports us in everything that we do. He doesnʼt run, but Iʼm sure he would if we need him to fill a spot, heʼs a good guy.” When he is not competing, Evanson takes that joyful personality a

bit further. “Off the track, he is just a comedian; he just makes you laugh all the time, no matter what weʼre doing,” Scott said. “He could be serious when necessary but it usually never necessary so heʼs just a funny guy to me.” Even collecting admiration from his coaches, the development he has shown in the past year has given the team optimism for the rest of the year.

“The biggest adjustment for Trevor this year has been moving him back on his approach, learning how to carry more speed and being patient, letting his jumps develop,” said assistant coach Travis Covey. “Evanson is an ideal high jumper in that he is never too high or never too low. He is always confident and when he has a miss, he knows he has a five-second rebound rate, not letting it affect him.”


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Oosdyke receives overseas opportunity Michael Nowels

For female basketball players, itʼs often financially advantageous to pursue a career playing ball abroad rather than staying in the United States in the WNBA. UNC graduating senior forward Lauren Oosdyke has the opportunity this May to show international scouts her game. Oosdyke has been selected by NetScouts, a professional basketball scouting firm, to travel with a US All-Star team to China for a nine-game, 14-day trip. Oosdyke said this opportunity gives her the chance to dip her toes in the international game. “When I found out I got

invited to China, I was really excited because it gave me a way to see how I enjoyed going overseas,” she said. “There are going to be agents over there. Playing basketball internationally will just be really helpful to see the ins and outs of the whole thing.” The games will be located in three cities in southern China against the national teams of Australia, Brazil and host China. The team will meet in Los Angeles Tuesday and head over the Pacific from there. University of Northern Colorado assistant coach Ryan Johnson will also be on the trip and has been involved with two previous NetScouts trips to China, both last year. He said there

will be some adjustments for the players to make as they move from the college game to the international version. “Itʼs a 24-second clock, so itʼs a much faster-paced game,” he said. “Weʼre making sure that when sheʼs shooting 3s, sheʼs shooting another foot and a half, two feet behind even our line because itʼs the international line and thereʼs the international lane, and things are a little bit different.” Head coach Jaime White said she thinks this is a chance for Oosdyke to not only grow as a player but also to find new experiences in her life. “Experiences like that are not only for basket-

ball — theyʼre there to really understand and see the rest of the world and get to know your teammates and maybe be able to experience a different type of basketball and challenge you in ways she may not have been challenged here,” White said. At the very least, the trip will offer Oosdyke an extension of her playing career, which is more than she expected after the seasonending WNIT loss to St. Maryʼs (Calif.) March 24. “I was like ʻWow, itʼs all over,ʼ but in the back of my mind, I thought about playing overseas,” she said. “I thought about that route, just to go overseas and travel and play the game I love.”

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UNC forward Lauren Oosdyke attempts a shot against Portland State last season. Oosdyke will partake in a two-week trip to China with a U.S. college all-star basketball team this week.

Baseball team reaping benefits of pitcher’s ‘veteranship’ Ben Warwick

When he takes the mound every fifth day, junior Chris Hammer says he has one key to success. “I like to keep it loose,” Hammer said. “I think people play better in the game of baseball when you keep it

loose, so I like to have a loose atmosphere in the clubhouse (by) playing music, having a good time, but also being really focused.” Hammer grew up in Greeley, played at Gree-

Chris Hammer

ley West and said staying close to home was the obvious choice, even though he looked elsewhere. “I signed after I graduated,” Hammer said. “I feel like UNC was a

perfect fit once they offered me, so I feel like I made the right decision.” While at West, he found a lot of success on the diamond. He was a two-year letterman for the Spartans, helping the team to the 2010 Colorado state final four. He recorded 83 strikeouts in 70 innings over his career, and

was named all-conference and all-state honorable mention the same year as being named team captain. Hammer came to UNC the same year head coach Carl Iwasaki took over the Northern Colorado baseball program, and for Iwasaki, Hammer has been everything he could ask for.

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Men’s golf team hopes for hot start as conference tournament begins Samantha Fox

The UNC menʼs golf team hopes for a successful three days on the course at the America Sky Championship starting today at the Dominion Country Club in San Antonio. Freshman Conner Barr, sophomores Steve Connell, Steven Kupcho, Charlie Mroz and junior Ben Krueger will represent the University of Northern Colorado at the tournament, which has a “play five, count four” score format. This allows the team to use only its best four scores in its daily tally. UNC head coach Chuck Scheinost picked the five from the six-man roster due to performances over the course of the season, and he said the combination is one

of the most successful in his time while coaching at UNC. “Our strength is we have five guys and any of them can lead us on any given week,” Scheinost said. “All five guys going to conference have all had top-20 finishes this year, which for us is a first since Iʼve been here.” Krueger and Mroz have each been the top UNC golfers in three different tournaments this year, and both have placed 11th in a tournament this year — a best among the Bears. However, this does not put the weight of the tournament on their shoulders as Scheinost has confidence in each of his players. “Iʼm excited from the standpoint we donʼt have to rely on one person,” he said. “In the past weʼve had to rely on one person, and if that one person doesnʼt play

good, your shots of winning go out the door.” Currently, the Bears stand in seventh place in the 12-team conference. Utah Valley is the only team the Bears have not placed ahead of at any tournament during the season. However, the Bears have placed above Houston Baptist, which is currently first in the conference standings. “It definitely gives you a little more confidence going into it, but at the same time, itʼs a new course that no oneʼs played on, and itʼs a new day so anybody can do anything,” Mroz said. “So youʼve got to go in there still mentally prepared and physically prepared to play the golf course. Youʼre not playing anyone else – youʼre only playing the course.” Though one score will be left off the score sheet, the Bears still want their

dropped score to be low because that means the rest of the team shot even lower. “Our main goal, and one we had in the fall but kind of went away from this spring, was having our fifth score – the score that we drop – be no higher than a 76,” Kupcho said. The Bears begin today and Scheinost said day one is a time he would like to see the team make an improvement for the conference tournament. “We do need to get off to a better start,” he said. “Our struggle this spring is weʼve got (sic) off to bad first rounds where in the fall we got off to pretty good rounds, and weʼve played decent second and third rounds this semester. Even if we get off to a poor start, weʼve got enough depth we can come back from that.”


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Left-handed catcher on softball team learning to lead teammates Michael Nowels

The starting catcher on a softball team is possibly the most vital position to the clubʼs success. She must organize the pitching, manage the base paths and control the flow of the game. UNC sophomore Tianalia Faʼasua has been tasked with the job and she said she is still learning each time she puts on her gear. “As a catcher, you learn every time you step on the field,” she said. “There are always opportunities to keep learning and Iʼm still learning now as a sophomore. I know Iʼll continue to learn about the position. You definitely learn how to control your emotions. You canʼt control everything on the field but you just try to do your best to control yourself and the other players on the field with you.” Not only is Faʼasua relatively young to be in such an important position but she is also left-handed, a rare sight behind the plate. There hasnʼt been a left-

handed catcher in Major League Baseball in nearly 24 years and the last major-league lefty listed as primarily a catcher played his last game in 1900. The anti-lefty camp argues that left-handed catchers are at a disadvantage when throwing out potential basestealers at third base because they must adjust their bodies to throw. Some also opine that tagging out runners at home plate is more difficult for left-handers because they must catch any ball up the third-base line backhanded. According to head coach Shana Easley, though, it didnʼt change her approach as sheʼs coached Faʼasua. “Her being left-handed, at least in softball, doesnʼt really become that much of a factor,” she said. “I know in baseball, you hardly ever will see a lefthanded catcher but in softball itʼs a little bit more common so that didnʼt really play into much when weʼre developing her abilities.” Faʼasua says she started playing the position

because of her strong left ing a vocal leader was arm and she quickly found imparted on Faʼasua by she enjoyed the responsi- Wilkinson. bilities of the receiver. “She taught me a lot,” “When I was about 12 Faʼasua said. “Sheʼs a they thought that I had a very smart catcher. Sheʼs strong arm because I was very sound. She knows the only girl who could all the plays and calmed really throw the ball down the girls a lot. She across the field took charge to second base, and thatʼs so thatʼs how I what I learned started playing from her the catcher,” she said. most.” “Ever since then, As a young I just fell in love leader on the with the spot and club, Faʼasua I never wanted laid out some to play anything goals for the Tianalia Fa’asua else.” team as she Though she is envisions her young and the immediate future as a Bear. focus of some is on her “As a senior, I would handedness, Faʼasua has hope that all of us get to earned the respect of her know each other like the teammates after sitting back of our hands and be behind then-senior Erin willing to play with each Wilkinson on last yearʼs other and grow as a team,” depth chart. she said. “I definitely want “Sheʼs a whole new per- to win the Big Sky tournason,” said senior infielder ment — thatʼs one of my Melanie Buol. “Sheʼs tak- biggest goals.” ing that leadership role Itʼs no wonder Faʼasuaʼs on the field. You could goals are centered on the see it in her eyes last year team—her position has watching Erin that she just her constantly looking at wanted to learn and she the entire field, albeit from knew she was young.” a slightly different angle. The importance of be-

Survivor shares stories of suffering HOLOCAUST from page 5

Garihʼs parents lived into their late eighties despite all that they had endured. Garih is turning 75 in June and will be traveling to France to visit his two sisters and celebrate their birthdays. “I am really impressed that UNC supports the Holocaust Observance Week. Getting to hear from a survivor that lived in France was so special and gives me a new outlook on a personal level,” said Bria Hutchin-

son, a sophomore international affairs student. Garihʼs stories appear to have had a profound effect on all in attendance. “I loved listening to his memories – my favorite part was him talking about all the people that supported his family,” said Rain Polzkill, a sophomore Elementary Education student at UNC. “They were so courageous. Iʼm glad I was able to come to this event this year.” Garihʼs visit to campus

even meant a lot to outside students. “A teacher of mine told me about this event, and I thought it would be great to come and see Mr. Garih speak,” said Shania Felte, a 10th grade student at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown. “The fact that he was so young throughout it all, he didnʼt seem to be scared about it was amazing. I think it is awesome that the university sponsored this event, and I would come to hear the stories again.”

April 29, 2013

Softball takes two of three at SUU, stands fifth in conference Staff Report

UNCʼs softball team was able to win two of three games at Southern Utah, positioning itself for a chance at a berth in the Big Sky Championship tournament, as it now sits in fifth place and plays fourth-place Weber State next weekend. The University of Northern Colorado (1528-1, 5-10 Big Sky) split Fridayʼs doubleheader with Southern Utah, winning the early game 7-6 but falling 13-11 in the afternoon game. The first game of the doubleheader came down to the wire after UNC used three-run innings in the second and fourth to build a 7-4 lead. Southern Utah scored a run in the sixth and another in the seventh, but it wasnʼt enough to send the game to extra innings. The Bears took the lead for good in the fourth when sophomores third baseman Nicole Hudson and cen-

ter fielder Morgan Yuhas came around to score on a triple by shortstop Kaitlin Flynn. One bright spot in the series for the Bears was senior right fielder Lindsey Smith, who hit two doubles and a triple in the early game. She was a key cog in the UNC machine over the course of the weekend with six hits, five RBIs and five runs scored in 10 at-bats. The Thunderbirds eventually overtook the Bears late in the game with nine runs in the sixth and seventh innings combined. Northern Colorado won the series finale 64, sparked by a three-run fifth-inning round-tripper by senior designated hitter Jamie Pollack. SUU mounted a comeback with a three-run seventh inning, but the rally fell short. Next up for the Bears is a game at 5 p.m. Wednesday against Colorado State in a recurring non-conference in-state rivalry series at Butler-Hancock Softball Field.


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Time spent covering UNC Athletics illustrates lessons which translate to life on and off the playing surface Samantha Fox


ow that my time as sports editor is officially over, I have been looking back at this past year and have seen a lot of changes and lessons from UNC athletics. I took over the position April of last year and one of my first stories I had was about the womenʼs golf team winning the Big Sky Conference. One of the least discussed teams on campus had just won a championship but how many people knew? How many of you reading knew before this paragraph? This was something I was guilty of too. I was always good about paying attention to the big-name sports, but when it came to a sport I donʼt really follow,

I was clueless. But I started to realize how every single athlete puts countless hours into his or her sport, regardless of the fans, to compete. And those athletes and coaches who play in the sports with less attention are also the ones who seem to appreciate the coverage the most. I donʼt mean to say that the other coaches and athletes take it for granted, but it is clear the less visible participants appreciate it. The fall brought football, and it also showed what dedication, belief, faith and skill can do. I was able to see the Bears win their first game since my sophomore year, which I was only able to experience via radio since it was on the road. After watching the team last year, there was no doubt in my mind the team would be learning from last yearʼs mistakes and make this season a memorable one. Head coach Earnest Collins Jr.ʼs team didnʼt stop at just one

win, either. Collins also led his program to the best season it has had since prematurely moving up to Division I in 2006. The emotions Collins and his team showed on game days and during practices translated into yards, tackles, sacks and touchdowns. In the winter, it was a tale of two basketball programs: one of which continued to break records, and one working to regain its stature of two years ago. The womenʼs team had one of its best seasons since Iʼve been here, seeing new success in reaching the second round of the WNIT. This team has been one of the most overlooked teams at UNC, without reason. Without hesitation, though, the team continues to excel — no matter who is and isnʼt watching. The menʼs team has shown me how history works as motivation and shows a teamʼs true potential. Two years ago, I got to

cheer on the Bears as they won the Big Sky Championship at home. The energy of Butler-Hancock was unmatched, but the 2011 graduating class left a young team asked to step up and fill the shoes of UNCʼs recent history. The team knows its capability, and with constant contributors returning, knows the feeling of a championship season can be enough motivation for a winning spirit. As I turn in my writerʼs cap for pursuits beyond the undergraduate level, I want to point out that the stories each team has seen unfold are those sports journalists will be able to write forever and can serve as lessons to those just observing from the stands. — Samantha Fox is a senior journalism and sociology major and former sports editor for The Mirror. She can be reached at

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Early intervention emphasized GRANDIN from Page 6

simple things in life scare cattle and affect them greatly, as they form memories based off of sights and sounds. “She broke down the different parts of autism, and knowing that there is a distinction between individuals that have autism was the most poignant part of her presentation and also how different stimuli in oneʼs environment can affect someone was very interesting” said Collin Cannon, a junior political science and philosophy student and VP of Autism Speaks U at UNC. Education students and faculty at UNC got a taste of what it is like to teach autistic students. Those in attendance learned that surprises lead to anxiety, specific examples are better than vague instructions and visual teaching advances autistic individuals better than other learning methods. Grandin emphasized that there are too many drugs being put into young people

these days, and that there is a lack of mentors to guide young students. Accommodations that can be made to the work and education place such as no florescent lights, breaks during the day to calm the body, a quiet environment and steady schedules that lack change and surprises. Grandin also noted the strain that is often put on the family of an autistic individual and noted that siblings should not be neglected or lost in the treatment for the autistic member of the family. Grandin kept the audience engaged and giggling with her witty personality throughout her presentation. “I know about Temple Grandinʼs brilliance especially with her work pertaining to revolutionizing the cattle industry,” said Sarah Paul, a senior athletic training student. “Her intensity, speed and passion exudes confidence in a lot of areas that people arenʼt necessarily accepting. She is incredible.”


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April 29, 2013

Northern Colorado athletics department Baseball team records triple play, loses recognizes outstanding athletes, others two of three to Houston Baptist University Staff Report triple play. but was afforded only one Huskies shortstop CJ opportunity as the second at annual year’s end awards banquet Jarvis hit the ball to his game was canceled due to Staff Report

UNC Athletics hosted its annual awards banquet Wednesday night and used the occasion to recognize exceptional athletes from the 2012-13 academic year. In addition to the most outstanding female and male athletes, the top graduating seniors, newcomers and breakthrough athletes were identified, among others. The winners: Outstanding Athletes: Brandon Lupo (senior, menʼs tennis) & Dʼshara Strange (junior guard, womenʼs basketball) Top Graduating Senior:

Lindsey Smith (left fielder, softball) & Ben Packard (first baseman, baseball) Newcomers: Rikki Gonzales (freshman, track & field, cross country); Comen: Derrick Barden (junior transfer forward, menʼs basketball) & Nick Miller (junior transfer pitcher/infielder, baseball) Break-Through: Bri Strong (sophomore middle blocker/outside hitter, volleyball) & Trevor Evanson (sophomore high jumper, track & field) Leadership: Tatum Boehnke (senior, swimming & diving) & Charlie McMartin (sophomore, wrestling) Bear Down: Morgan

Yuhas (sophomore center fielder, softball) & Ben Packard Womenʼs Walk champion: Swimming & Diving CHAMPS/Life Skills: Womenʼs Basketball All-Bear Team: Kelley Arnold (senior outside hitter, volleyball), Marissa Hughes (senior setter, volleyball), Rikki Gonzales, Lauren Oosydke (senior forward, womenʼs basketball) , Carleigh Silvers (senior, golf); Derrick Barden, Henry Chirino (sophomore, wrestling), Seth Lobato (junior quarterback, football), Herve Tonye-Tonye (senior linebacker, football), Tate Unruh (junior guard, menʼs basketball).

A triple play can change the momentum of a game in just a moment. For UNCʼs baseball team, though, the pendulum didnʼt swing quickly enough to earn a series win in Houston this weekend. The Bears dropped two of three games on the road at Houston Baptist (19-201, 7-7 Great West), running their record to 19-19 overall and 10-5 in Great West play, leaving them in third place in the conference. Trailing 6-1 with four runs allowed already in the fifth inning with runners on first and second base without recording a single out, UNC completed one of the rarest plays in sports — the

Bears counterpart, sophomore Ryan Yamane, who tossed the ball to junior second baseman Landon Moseley, who whipped it over to junior first baseman Colby Harrison, recording the triple play. The Bears didnʼt capitalize on the momentum gained, though, as they continued on to lose the game, 8-2. Junior pitcher Josh Tinnon was saddled with the loss after allowing six earned runs on eight hits and four walks in four innings. UNC returned to Husky Field Saturday in hopes of sweeping a doubleheader to gain a lead in the series,

rain and lightning. In the game that was played, junior Chris Hammer pitched a six-inning complete game, but the Bears fell 3-2. UNC was able to gain a bit of redemption in the series finale, winning 76 Sunday. The seven runs came without the assistance of even one extra-base hit. All seven runs were driven in by the first five batters in the lineup. Leadoff man Yamane recorded two RBIs, as did two-hole-hitting sophomore centerfielder Jensen Park. The Bearsʼ next game is at3 p.m. Tuesday against non-conference foe Air Force at Jackson Field.

Monday, April 29, 2013 e-mirror  

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Monday, April 29, 2013 e-mirror  

This is the electronic version of The Mirror's Monday, April 29 print edition.