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THE MIRROR Colleen Allison | The Mirror

Richard Mayne was selected to conduct a world renowned orchestra in Japan last semester.

Professor reflects on musical trip to Tokyo

Ben Stivers | The Mirror

Junior pitcher Jake Johnson winds up to deliver to the plate in a 4-2 Bears victory Friday against Utah Valley.

Baseball team splits series with Utah Valley Daymeon Vaughn

After a long weekend of baseball, UNC (21-22, 12-7 Great West) split the series with reigning Great West Conference champion Utah Valley, (20-24, 11-5) concluding with a 13-5 loss at Jackson Field Sunday afternoon. “(Utah Valley) is a great ballclub,” head coach Carl Iwasaki said. “Their history as the three-time conference champions (proves theyʼre a) good, solid, well-coached, strong

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Vol. 94, Num. 46 May 6, 2013 /UNCMirror @UNCMirror Grad student wins grant

Adam LeWinter, an Earth Sciences graduate student, has received a $1,500 grant from the United States Geological Survey to fund research at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii. LeWinter was one of three projects selected for the 2013 Kleinman Grant for Volcano Research. Page 10

Somber senior send off

UNC’s softball team lost two of three games against Weber State this weekend, eliminating the Bears from postseason consideration in the final collegiate contest for three players. Page 7

Ben Stivers | The Mirror

Junior second baseman Landon Mosely tosses the ball to first base during UNC’s 4-2 victory over Utah Valley Friday at Jackson Field.

tradition program. Good series, but we fall short late in the last two games. If we want to play in the last game of the season (in the conference championship) we are going to be in the seventh inning tied versus them, weʼre going to need to cross that bridge over and finish, which we didnʼt do today.” Fridayʼs game was an exhibition in pitching as the University of Northern Colorado took it, 4-2, on the strength of 7 2/3 innings from senior right-hander Jake Johnson, who allowed just two runs on five hits.

The two teams split Saturdayʼs doubleheader as the Bears took the early game, 4-3, and the Wolverines bounced back to take the late contest, 11-4, after scoring seven runs in the 10th inning. The University of Northern Colorado played seven strong innings Sunday, matching every blow the Wolverines threw at them but the Bears collapsed in an eight-run UVU eighth inning that broke a 5See BASEBALL on Page 7

Music has long been called a universal language, as it transcends borders and cultures and connects people beyond words. Few, however, are able to experience just how universal music can be. Richard Mayne, a professor of music and associate director of bands at UNC, experienced this unrestricted connection in the fall of 2012. Mayne was invited to Tokyo for 10 weeks to direct the wind ensemble at the world renowned Musashino Academia Musicae, a conservatory known for bringing AmerSee MUSIC on Page 4

Experience Greeality

Sarah Kirby, a graduating English master’s student and previous writer/Arts editor for The Mirror shares her secret to making the most of time spent in Greeley. An exuberant soul and zesty liver, she says farewell but leaves wisdom behind. Page 6

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This week around UNC Monday, May 6 1-3 p.m. Get Ready for Next Semester Open-Lab Michener L12 5-7:30 p.m. Applied Statistics and Research Methods Research Evening Columbine A/B, Spruce and Aspen

Tuesday, May 7 10 a.m. Helping Heroes Book Drive University Center-Main Level 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

Wednesday, May 8 All Day Helping Heroes Book Drive University Center-Main Level

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

Thursday, May 9 8:15-10 a.m. Classified Staff Council General Meeting Council Room 1:30-3 p.m. Camtasia Basics Michener L12

Friday, May 10 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Controller Candidate Open Forum Spruce C 7 p.m. Graduate School Commencement Ceremony Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion

Saturday, May 11 10 a.m. Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Nottingham Field

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Wednesday, May 1

@Shawn Brackett: Happy Charter Day, @UNCO_edu! 43 years as Coloradoʼs teaching universityand better than ever.

At 12:49 p.m. police responded to a call for theft and larceny at 1813 8th avenue, Gray Hall.

@MariBethLoudenburg: Gosh I miss this place #collegedays RT “@UNCo_edu: Michener Library”

At 1:43 police responded to a traffic problem at 1901 10th avenue, Cassidy Hall

@Emilishous: Itʼs official-Iʼm going to @UNCo_edu next year!!!! Congratulations :)

At 3:20 p.m. police responded to a call regarding a hit and run at 1051 22nd street B-lot.

@UNCo_edu: Little Theatre of the Rockies is back for the 79th season at #UNCo. Purchase a season package through June 23.

At 8:12 p.m. police responded to a miscellaneous call at 1927 9th avenue, Wilson Hall and executed a 72-hour hold

@UNCBearsAlumni: Shout out to @UNCo_edu alumna @neylapekarek & @the lumineers for their recent “Stubborn Love” video.

At 10:58 p.m. police responded to a traffic problem on the 1200 block of 20th street At 11:15 p.m. police responded to a traffic problem at 2300 9th avenue

@UNCo_edu: Quite a few people soakinʼ up the sun at #UNCo today. Share your springtime pictures from #around campus!

Senior Kaitlin Laughlin prepares to toss a bean bag in a game at the senior BBQ that took place Friday on Gunter Green. Provided by: Joelle Romero | The Mirror

9-11 a.m. Effective use of Discussions, Blogs, Journals, and Wikis Michener L12 2-3:30 p.m. Whatʼs New in Blackboard 9.1 Michener L12

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Campus Reflections UNC chemistry professor receives a fellowship

Downbeat Magazine recognizes UNC bands

Students pitch in as UNC host first ever9Health Fair

UNC student circulates petition for vegan options

The National Academy of Sciences has selected Robin Macaluso, an associate professor of Chemistry at the University of Northern Colorado, as a Young Observer Fellow. Macaluso is one of only 10 chemists nationwide to receive the distinction. Every two years, the NAS recognizes Young Observer Fellows as the next generation of superior scientists charged with researching and global scientific policy issues. Macaluso will attend the 47th International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry General Assembly and 44th World Chemistry Congress on Aug. 8-16 in Istanbul, Turkey. Macaluso has taught at UNC since 2006.

Downbeat Magazine has recognized the University of Northern Coloradoʼs Jazz Lab Band and Symphony Orchestra as among the worldʼs best musical ensembles. The Jazz Lab Band received the award for Best College Big Band and the Symphony Orchestra won the Best College Classical Ensemble. Dana Landry directs the UNC Jazz Lab Band, which is receiving recognition from Downbeat Magazine for the seventh time in nine years. The Symphony Orchestra, directed by Russell Guyver, is accepting recognition for the 10th time since 1999. College music ensembles from around the world submit live recordings to compete for the best ensemble.

The University of Northern Colorado hosted the first 9Health Fair ever April 28 at the University Center. The event has hosted in collaboration with Denver 9News as part of the 9Health Fairs series. More than 200 volunteers, 135 were UNC students, were on hand to offer medical screening for members of the Greeley community. The event was an opportunity for UNC nursing students to administer screenings and gain valuable experience. Students from the Business Marketing Club, the College of Natural Health Sciences, the Sport and Exercise Science department, and Student Senate also contributed to the event.

Kymbre Scibelli, a student at the University of Northern Colorado, has joined with peta2— the worldʼs largest youth animal rights organization-to circulate a petition to increase vegan options at UNC. The petition states, “We have the right to healthy, humane options at every meal.” “Any way you slice it, UNC fails to meet studentsʼ hunger for nutritious, humane and Earthfriendly vegetarian options,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “Even though UNC is a major university, when compared with other schools that offer more progressive menus, itʼs small potatoes.”


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THE MIRROR Sometimes people are heterosexual. Sometimes theyʼre not. As a society, Americans are coming around on accepting that, whether current laws truly reflect that or not. When a male athlete who is supposed to be the image of masculinity comes out, though, people tend to be a little less understanding. This week, Sports Illustrated ran a piece by NBA veteran big man Jason Collins stating that he is gay. In doing so, he became the first active male athlete in major American sports to come out. He was thorough, direct and articulate, though that isnʼt necessarily surprising from a Stanford graduate. It was clear his

Reflects Thoughts from the editorial staff of The Mirror Don’t forget that the details matter in Jason Collins’ coming out story

decision was calculated, as he understood the backlash that was possible. But negative reaction was almost nonexistent, a surprise to many who had ventured to speculate about this scenario prior to its occurrence. Those who responded without approval were largely viewed as out-of-touch, especially ESPNʼs Chris Broussard, who voiced his fundamental Christianity-based argument on “Outside The Lines,” the networkʼs human-interest and opinionated show. Some saw the shunning of negative opinions as a victory for our society, but isnʼt that exactly the viewpoint of the anti-gay community prior to this recent cultural shift?

Whether we agree on one issue–albeit a very important one to many people, gay or straight, in this nation–we are selling ourselves short by not sharing opinions with those who disagree. The gay rights angle is certainly central to this story, but itʼs practically been the only topic discussed. Other parts to the story have been mostly ignored by those having the discussion. A few weeks prior, top WNBA draft pick Brittney Griner nonchalantly stated that she had already come out as lesbian. And nobody cared. A tall, muscular woman who has a low voice and plays sports is the prototype of a lesbian, so she was not celebrated.

Simply, she was already fulfilling stereotypically male functions. Add that to the fact that womenʼs sports receive such little coverage when compared to menʼs and itʼs practically a non-story, fair or not. Perhaps this will lead to other male athletes feeling comfortable enough to announce that they are homosexual. This move has been anticipated, and Collins could be the crack in the levee required for others to be willing to come out. Supporters of the gay rights movement in sports have dreamt that the first man to cross this frontier would be a star, increasing visibility and proving that sexuality has no bearing on athletic ability. The

fact of the matter, though, is that hope was unrealistic – statistically, there are many more Collinses than LeBrons, and Collins had much less to lose if the basketball community did react unfavorably. It matters that Collins is a black man who plays basketball and is known as a physical, tough defender. It matters that he averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game in the 201213 season. In societyʼs haste to reach post-sexuality, it has done a disservice to the details in this story and a disservice to itself.

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Graduation: A time to reflect on graduates’ dubious futures in low-pay jobs The Wright Stuff By Cody Wright


tʼs that time of the year again. Students all around campus are either in the midst of their finals or just about to enter into one of the most stressful weeks of the semester. There are few times when anxiety and stress levels are higher at a university. For graduating college students, surviving four or more years of these excruciating finals weeks and their accompanying semesters, will not guarantee a comfortable income.

In fact, a college degree doesnʼt even guarantee a career based employment position anymore. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 284,000 college graduates were working minimum wage jobs last year. What is more shocking is the fact that this is a 70 percent increase from just 10 years ago. This means that a sizable percentage of college graduates will be taking jobs for which they are overqualified. These graduates are still finding work. However, the work they are finding is overwhelmingly on the minimum wage end of the employment spectrum. Since I am one of those who graduate this upcom-

ing weekend, this is a scary statistic. An article on the Huffington Post website recently stated, “Three-fifths of the jobs lost during the recession paid middleincome wages, while the same share of the jobs created during the recovery are low-wage work, according to an August study from the National Employment Law Project.” I had always known that the unemployment rate skyrocketed during the greatest part of our recession, but I did not know that it was mostly the middle class that was affected. The most surprising part of the statistic for me is that the replace-

ment work for this drastic loss is almost all minimum wage jobs. Educated individuals are the future of America and the basis for innovation. The reason we college students endure these years is to be able to come into the job market and make a positive impact while working at a desirable position. We need middle wage jobs as a beginning incentive to do better and to attain a higher education in the first place. The employment positions created during this recovery cannot be comprised primarily of minimum wage salaries but replaced with equally promising middle wage income. This program built

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to create jobs needs to be modified to include more middle wage positions for those who are qualified or a new program needs to be created. Letʼs face it, we donʼt work this hard to go back to working the same wages as those who didnʼt trudge and claw their way through college. Obama often promised change. We have seen it, though not in a positive way for the more highly educated. We deserve uncommon opportunity for our uncommon effort. – Cody Wright is a senior English major and a columnist for The Mirror. He can be contacted at

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ican conductors to its ensembles. “I think itʼs quite an honor for Dr. Mayne to be invited to this institute,” said Aaron Wacker, a graduate assistant in wind conducting. “Itʼs a very large university in Japan. To be able to conduct their bands is a huge honor. You donʼt really think of someone from the University of Northern Colorado being internationally known to the point of being asked to go to Japan

and conduct.” Mayne said it was beneficial to have known one of the decision makers in charge of the process of bringing in the honored guests. “Iʼve known the conductor for years,” Mayne said. “He ended up retiring in Colorado Springs, and I got a call one day saying, ʻWould you like to conduct this band?ʼ and I said, ʻSure.ʼ” The musical culture in Japan was extremely differ-

ent from what Mayne had been used to stateside. “They donʼt try to stick out and be individuals nearly as much as we do in our culture,” he said. “When you go into a large rehearsal, they are all trying to fit into what the look is and what the sound is. There is a real sense of coming together and doing this as one rather than trying to be individuals, sticking out, showing how well they play. “It wasnʼt hard to adjust to,” he added. “We opened up the first piece of music and started playing and it was like, ʻWhatʼs the big deal? There is no barrier at all here.ʼ Theyʼre looking at the same piece of music. Itʼs not translated into Japanese for them. Theyʼre reading Allegro and Marcato and Staccato. They are

“They’re looking at the same piece of music. It’s not translated into Japanese for them. They’re reading Allegro and Marcato and Staccato. They are reading the same terms, and they know those terms. I could talk musical terms to them.”

-Richard Mayne, professor of music

reading the same terms and they know those terms. I could talk musical terms to them.” The ensemble rehearsed three times as much as the bands rehearse at the University of Northern Colorado. “The thing thatʼs so neat

about this is that most times when you guest conduct, you go in for two to three days, conduct and youʼre gone, like an all-state, but this was for 10 weeks,” Mayne said. “I had two and sometimes three rehearsals a week. It ended up being 33 rehearsals for one concert. Here we normally do anything between seven and 12 rehearsals. It was a lot of rehearsal time. They go at every single little detail in that amount of time, so you have to really dig deep into all the little nuances and things.” On the trip, Mayne took about 2,000 photos, some of which are on the UNC web site. “There was time in the schedule to go out and sightsee in Tokyo,” he said. “We went out a lot on the

train, just to different places to see different things.” Given the length of his stay, Mayne also had opportunities to form bonds the students at the conservatory. “They have several things set up where you go out to meals with these students by section, so you get to know every student really well,” he said. “I still email these students. We got to know each other pretty well and we still correspond. We made some really strong ties in that time we were there.” While Mayne was in Japan, the staff in the band program at UNC had to take over his work. “The downside is that we were worked really hard, we were spread really thin, the TAs and me,” said Ken Singleton, a professor of music and director of bands at UNC, who has worked with Mayne for more than 20 years. “Dr. Mayne works really hard at what he does, so when he is gone there is a lot. The issue is just having that other half of the team that Iʼm used to working with constantly not there. If I need help with anything, I know heʼs always there for me, and Iʼm always there for him. So, when we take the team of Singleton-Mayne and break it apart, it is really difficult, because the same job is still here.” Despite the strain on the department, Mayne said he was extremely grateful to take part in such a rare opportunity. “When somebody from our faculty gets to do something like this, itʼs because of the work of a lot of other people filling in that void,” Mayne said. “I think it took an effort from everybody: the students, the faculty to allow me to go. I really appreciate that.”


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Refugee students produce book celebrating diversity, language Alexander Armani-Munn

Community members and refugee students from Greeley West and Greeley Central high schools gathered Thursday to share the fruit of four monthsʼ labor and celebrate cultural diversity. During the semester, students from the UNCʼs Presidentʼs Leadership English as a Second Language (ESL) and Cumbresʼ Teacher Education programs worked with a group of local high school refugee students from nations such as Mexico, Thailand, Kenya, and Somalia to produce a collection of student writings and publish them as a book. After months of hard work, the book, titled “This is Our World: Be Proud of Your Pride,” was unveiled with a special reading and reception at the Mira Michener gallery in the Michener Library. Six students read their stories aloud to those in attendance. Along with studentsʼ stories, the book also featured student photography. Deborah Romero, an associate professor in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education in the Hispanic Studies Program, and Michael Kimball, director for the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership facilitated the project. The students represent a faction of Greeleyʼs burgeoning refugee population. The Global Refugee Center in Greeley claims to serve a growing population of asylum seekers from 30 different countries. When the project began in January, students were hesitant and nervous about sharing their stories. For some students, speaking and writing in English is still a considerable challenge. “At first (the project)

“Initially we had to do some convincing to get our students to believe that they could write a book and that they had this within themselves. They have had to jump so far out of their comfort zone and learn so much.”

-Jessica Cooney, English teacher at Greeley West High School

sounded like a really cool idea. I was pretty excited about it, but then I started going into it and thinking about all the different things you had to do and it was really daunting,” said Sadie Downs, a sophomore English major. “But, I met the students and they were really great, and it came together well.” In one story, a boy named Freddy recalled his experience coming to America by way of coyote–a person who illegally transports people across borders. On the first attempt, a fake

coyote lead Freddy and his sister to border patrol officers who took them back to Mexico. Days later, Freddy and his sister successfully made it into America and reunited with their mother and father. The project was not without difficulties, though. One of the greatest challenges was bringing students together from multiple high schools and multiple programs at the university. To produce the book, students split into five groups according to their skills and preference. The production groups included writing, photography, editing, design, and publishing. Students met with their production teams every Tuesday to work on the book. “Initially we had to do some convincing to get our students to believe that they could write a book and that they had this within themselves,” said Jessica Cooney, an English teacher at Greeley West High School. “They have had to jump so far out of their comfort zone and

learn so much.” Luis Carlos, a student at Greeley West High School, wrote an entry titled, “Stories of Hope.” Carlos, a first generation American, acknowledges both his naturalized American culture and his native Mexican culture. “A lot of people say (Spanglish) is not a legit language. I beg to differ. It is a very beautiful mixture; it teaches you to accept other cultures, not just the ones you are involved in. And I think that really helped me, knowing that I had two different backgrounds,” Carlos said. The book is available online at under the title “This is Our World: Be Proud of Your Pride.” Profits from the book sales will go toward funding literacy programs in District 6.

Mike Baldino | The Mirror

A crowd of listeners gathers around a group of refugee students from area high schools Thursday in James A. Michener library to hear select readings from the students’ book discussing and celebrating cultural diversity.

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Upcoming in A&E Tuesday, May 7: 6-8 p.m. UNC Opera Theatre Society Presents: What the Fach? 1221 9th Ave Wednesday, May 8: 1 p.m. Defense of Dissertation: Taehyun Kim, Music Conducting Skinner Music Library McMillan Room 7 p.m. Free Comedy Show: Duchovny The Moxi Theatre Thursday, May 9: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Kress Cinema and Lounge Presents: “The Company You Keep” 817 8th Ave Admission $7 8 p.m. Comedy Show: “Hippieman” The Moxi Theatre Advance Tickets $5, Day of Tickets $10 Friday, May 10: 8 a.m. Oral Comprehensive Examination: Kathryn Voelker, Music Performance Skinner Music Library

First Friday features art across Greeley Shimon Lidmark

Descriptions of pieces from Kati Stanfordʼs “Foolʼs Gold” collection were lines of poetry as audience members responded to questions the graduate asked at her reception at The Blue Mug @ Margies. It was one of almost a dozen of Mayʼs first Friday shows at various locations around town. The questions were typed and laid on a table at the entrance of the cafe beside magnifying glasses with flowers taped to them. They included the questions, “How does the art make you feel?” and “Why do those things even matter?” Stanford also invited her audience to take a mag-

Saturday, June 8: 7-9 p.m. A Taste of Art Centennial Library 6 p.m. The Conservatory Dance Concert Union Colony Civic Center 701 10th Ave Tickets $7 at UCCC Box Office Saturday, July 27: 9-4 p.m. Arts Picnic Sunday, July 28: 9-4 p.m. Arts Picnic

nifying glass and examine the details of her art work, a bold move for an artist recently inducted into the world of professionalism when her multi-layer direct trace viscosity monoprint piece, “Lady Soul,” won the Deanʼs Choice Award and was purchased for the university. “I can feel the wisp of her weeping willow,” said Art Long, owner of The Blue Mug, after viewing “Floods,” an acrylic on wood piece. “Floods” uses the grooves of the cut wood as another layer, a tactic that shows her innovative nature as an artist. The poetic descriptions of Stanfordʼs art took a turn for the psychological. “It feels lost and wandering, like youʼre discov-

ering whatʼs really there,” said Marissa Baker, a senior fine arts major. “Itʼs wandering a dark forest.” Zachary Martinez emphasized the importance of art for psychological health after viewing Stanfordʼs art. “Art is a good way to discover your feelings,” Martinez said. “When I look at her art, I am reminded of whatʼs going on inside someoneʼs mind: mysteries.” The magnifying glass experiment made the exhibit interactive; it helped the audience to really engage with the piece individually. Chad Wight made the point that the magnifying glass allowed the uninitiated observer to notice details the artist included,

to try and understand the purpose for every detail. He observed the pieces with a magnifying glass and looked at the titles afterwards, hoping to derive a pure perspective of what Stanford meant to express to the public. Wight pointed out “Glimmer,” a print of a tree with a tiny light concealed in the grooves of the oak, adding that the lamp seemed to be the point of light for the whole picture, a detail oftentimes missed by those without a magnifying glass. At the Madison and Main Art Gallery, a building attached to The Blue Mug @Margies, another reception was happening. One of the guest artists was a digital photographer named Chuck Turner who

had some points to make about the importance of attention to detail for artists after hearing about Stanfordʼs use of the magnifying glass. Turner uses a monitor calibrator, a device that ensures that the colors on his monitor are pin-point accurate for his digital photography to ensure his images conveyed exactly the tone and feeling he meant them to convey. He articulated that he looks for flaws, flips images, touches up shadows and otherwise manipulates his photographs in order to shape them to his artistic vision. “Itʼs a hybrid,” he said. “Art happens where the product of the artistʼs work meets audience minds.”

To be or not to be an active member of the ‘Greeality’ happenings

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By Sarah Kirby


o leave or not to leave, that is the question; as a graduate student, the answer is as timeless as Hamletʼs famous words, though paraphrased. Since I am writing my last story for The Mirror, do you mind if I tell you a story about a place I like to call Greeality? My experiences have been a serendipitous display of trust, doubt, and perfect timing culminating as a piece of paper that will recognize my English M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. Friday in Butler Hancock and a resume of journalism writing and editing for The Mirror.

The diverse socioeconomic and racial factors that compose this low-key agricultural community are vast. Some, especially those students and faculty that commute into Greeley everyday from larger cities, might say Greeality is low-key and isolated, but my experience as a journalist, student, scholar and teacher in Greeley has fostered a different viewpoint. I did not know anyone when I moved here, but I will be leaving with dear friends and fantastic memories, most of which involve the arts scene that constitutes Greeleyʼs creative flair. With memories of Ben Puʼs solo acoustic performances while drinking Crabtreeʼs delicious beer at the Chumpkin Pumpkin, Irish Music courtesy of the Stubby Shellelaghs at Patrickʼs

Irish Pub on Tuesday nights and big band performances by UNC jazz students in the park, I believe no one can say that Greeley does not provide opportunities for students and community members to relax after a long workday and be entertained. On any average given day, one can stop by the Blue Mug @Margies and admire the many local artists on display while getting a latte or start random conversation with another Weld County resident during a sun-soaked afternoon on Cheeba Hutʼs porch. These are the opportunities that offer the potential for Greeleyites to morph everyday into a new story, a day of new observations. Not only is it possible to find a new glimmer of Greeley that is distinctly their own Greality, but also there is the

chance to conduct a personal interview with that moment in time, with the people, places, and atmospheres that make that moment memorable. Sure, one could argue that moments like these could be found in any city at any time, which brings me to the phrase that sums up my graduate school revolutionary wisdom: I enjoyed being in Greeley because I made a point to not just live in Greeley, but instead to be a part of the Greeley community. I got to know the locals, volunteered at Zoeʼs coffee shop and most importantly, I lived spherically, in many different directions, so that I could experience living in many different ways. By doing so, my pains upon leaving all of the wonderful people that I have met is lessened because I realize that hap-

piness is not about leaving or arriving. It is not about passing or failing. No, happiness is in the choice to be or not to be. When one is being aware of oneʼs blessings in their environment, one can be at home in any environment, and I am comforted by this fact as I venture toward unknown plans. By the way fellow Greeleyities—the blooming art scene in Greeley made my Greeality a blessing in disguise, so I encourage you to give being a part of the Greeley community a shot, especially if your current dilemma every weekend is to leave or not to leave. – Sarah Kirby is a post-graduate English major and former arts & entertainment editor for The Mirror. She can be contacted at


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Upcoming in UNC Sports

Softball unable to reach postseason in final series of season

Joelle Romero | The Mirror

Sophomore second baseman Melissa Marcovecchio slides safe into third base in the 2-1 loss to Weber State Sunday.

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The UNC softball team was unable to send its seniors off on a positive note over the weekend as it dropped two of three games

against Weber State. Entering the series, the University of Northern Colorado (16-30, 6-12 Big Sky) had a chance to earn a spot in the Big Sky Conference tournament with some help elsewhere,

but that disappeared when the Bears fell to the Wildcats (10-37, 4-14) in the first game Friday, 6-1. The game was tied until Weber State broke out for five runs in the final three innings, ending UNC’s postseason dreams. The second game on Friday started off slowly until the fifth inning when things really picked up as UNC scored five runs. Sophomore first baseman Mikayla Duffy drove both senior third baseman Melanie Buol and sophomore catcher Nicole Hudson in on a bases-loaded double to center field. The Bears then found their rhythm and it was all over for Weber State, as UNC won 5-2. Sophomore second baseman Melissa Marcovecchio reached on an error, scoring sophomore left fielder Jaicy Sutak. Next up to the plate was senior right fielder Lindsey Smith, who doubled down the left field line, scoring Duffy and advancing Marcovecchio to

third. Marcovecchio eventually scored when Pollak hit into a fielder’s choice in the next at-bat. The early loss Friday meant the game on Saturday afternoon was the last of the season, and the last with the team for graduating seniors. Buol knew the significance of her last game. “Leave it all on the field,” she said of her mindset. “It’s the last day, I’ve been blessed to be a part of this program, and I wanted to do everything I could for my team.” While Buol and the other seniors were very emotional about the game, head coach Shana Easley kept a calm head making sure the team knew the game plan. “Our approach to every game was the same; it was no different for this one,” she said. “Trying to focus on the short term as opposed to coming out and asking for what we’d like that end product to be. Just focus on the moment.” During the first inning,

Weber State first baseman Krystin Kubo singled up to the middle, bringing Stephanie Mathias in to score. The Bears came back in the bottom of the fourth, when Marcovecchio bunted to advance Duffy to third. But Duffy looked back and saw the ball had gotten past Kubo at first and ran in for home. “The second I saw it was a bad throw I knew I was going to score no matter what,” Duffy explained. “Melissa laid down a great bunt and put pressure on her and I knew I was going to score.” Junior Weber State catcher Desiree Mejia hit a fifth-inning home run to center field that gave the Wildcats the lead. At the bottom of the seventh, pressure started to build as the Bears needed just one run to extend the game with the bases loaded, but Duffy wasn’t able to make good contact and popped out to Kubo, ending the game and the season.

Baseball now sits second in Great West BASEBALL from Page 1

5 tie. “(Utah Valley) competed the way we should compete, but did we get better?” Iwasaki asked rhetorically. “Yes. Wins and losses are trivial. I always say that we get better with our wins and we get better with our losses, and if you don’t get better with your losses and you don’t figure out how to respond and react, then this whole weekend, 40plus hours of grinding out baseball, means nothing.” Sophomore center fielder Jensen Park said

he thinks the team has some improvements to make, as he made some Sunday. “There’s a lot of things that we need to brush up on and get better at, and that was (Iwasaki’s) main point after the game,” Park said. “It’s not hard to improve from nothing and from the first games, I got a lot better. It’s a game of adjustments, and I just had to make some and (Sunday) it worked out.” The sophomore had a great day at the plate, going 4-for-5 and scoring one run. In the series as a whole, junior catcher An-

drew Coffman carried the torch for the Bears with eight hits in 17 at-bats, three runs scored and four runs batted in. “I feel pretty good about the series but we should have done a lot better than two and two with these guys,” Coffman said. “Personally, I was really comfortable at the plate this weekend, but still there were a few timely spots where I could have come up. There is a lot to clean up for this next weekend.” Next up for the Bears is first-place Texas-Pan American at 3 p.m. Friday at Jackson Field.

The Mirror—Page 7 Baseball Friday, May 10 vs. Texas-Pan American 3 p.m. Jackson Field Saturday, May 11 vs. Texas-Pan American Noon & 3 p.m. Jackson Field Sunday, May 12 vs. Texas-Pan American Noon Jackson Field Thursday, May 16 at NYIT Noon Old Westbury, N.Y. Friday, May 17 at NYIT 10 a.m. & Noon Old Westbury, N.Y. Saturday, May 18 at NYIT 10 a.m. Old Westbury, N.Y. Tuesday, May 21 - Friday, May 24 Great West Tournament Teams TBA Newark, N.J.

Track & Field Wednesday, May 8 - Saturday, May 11 Big Sky Outdoor Championships All Day Portland, Ore. Thursday, May 23 - Saturday, May 25 NCAA Regionals All Day Austin, Texas Wednesday, June 5 - Saturday, June 8 NCAA Championships All Day Eugene, Ore.

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Junior outfielder Ben Netzel follows a fly ball all the way into his glove during Sunday’s 13-5 vs. Utah Valley.


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Senior outfielder finds his place on baseball team at UNC Rachel Turnock

After starting off his college career at Fort Scott Junior College in Fort Scott, Kan., senior outfielder Dylan Banach decided being away from his hometown of Westminster was too difficult. “Iʼm good friends with my parents and good friends with my sister, so itʼs nice to be able to see them more often,” Banach said. “When I was out in Kansas, I saw them once every couple of months.” Accordingly, Banach made the decision to come to UNC, though Colorado Mesa and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio were other schools that recruited him. Before Banach decided to play baseball in college, he was actually very invested in another sport. “I was a big fan of hockey,” Banach said. “I loved hockey,

and I thought I was going to be an NHL hockey player, but the problem was I wasnʼt very good to be honest, but I loved hockey.” Banach decided he wanted to play baseball and said it was his true calling. His decision to come to the University of Northern Colorado to play baseball has already made an impact on the team in his second year as a Bear. “Heʼs a hard worker and weʼre lucky to have him here,” head coach Carl Iwasaki said. “Heʼs good at stealing bases because he works at it, and we need that.” Banach is 12-for-14 stealing bases and has 27 runs this season. He has a .259 batting average and 18 RBIs on 42 hits. Sophomore Ryan Yamane says he sees Banach as a leader on the team. “Heʼs a good guy to follow and just knowing that everyday heʼs someone I can talk to if thereʼs

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Bears senior outfielder Dylan Banach rounds the bases during Sunday’s 135 loss to Utah Valley.

anything I need,” Yamane said. “Heʼs someone who will bring that leadership to the field and thatʼs something I look up to. Be-

ing a sophomore, itʼs good to have guys like that because thatʼs what I want to be eventually.” Yamane and Banach lived to-

gether this past summer, and senior Harrison Lambert is living with Banach this semester and next. Lambert is good friends with Banach and appreciates the work ethic of his teammate and roommate. “He plays hard and he plays the game the right way, and heʼs had a lot of success this year,” Lambert said. Banachʼs time at UNC may not be over after this season as he has discussed his future options with Iwasaki. “Coach Carl asked if I would help coach a little bit, and Iʼve never coached, so I thought ʻHey, I might as well give it a try,ʼ” Banach said. In the event that Banach does join the coaching staff in the fall, the rest of this season acts as a trial run of sorts to see just how well he can lead while heʼs still playing.

‘Flyin’ Hawaiian’ lighting up Great West opponents at the plate Ben Warwick

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Sophomore outfielder Jensen Park pops up after a slide in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Great West Conference opponent Utah Valley.

When shortstop Ryan Yamane describes center fielder Jensen Park, one metaphor readily came to mind. “Heʼs just kind of Yin and Yang, you could say,” Yamane said. “On the field, heʼs very intense, but off the field, heʼs very laid back.” Park becomes a different person when he steps on the diamond. Off the field, the Hawaiian native is calm, cool and as head coach Carl Iwasaki put it, “happy-go-lucky,” but when heʼs on the field, heʼs a pitcherʼs worst nightmare. “A scout has told me that heʼs a five-tool player,” Iwasaki said. “Heʼs only a sophomore, and heʼs only going to get bigger and better as the years go by. Right now, heʼs not a vocal leader, but he leads with his glove

and his bat and his actions and how hard he works.” Park and Yamane grew up playing against each other in Hawaii, went to rival high schools and played against each other throughout their careers. However, baseball was never something Park particularly counted on, starting at the very beginning of his time on the diamond. “I played since tee ball with my dad coaching me,” Park said. “My dad just threw me a bat and glove and said ʻPlay,ʼ and I loved it.” He credits his father Michael for being his inspiration to play the great American pastime. “My dad really has been like a mentor to me,” Park said. “Heʼll call me after all the games and tell me even when heʼs not here what he thinks is going on, so heʼs got great

advice. When Iʼm back home, heʼll throw me BP and itʼs really relaxed, just helps me ease my mind when I can hit.” Park is hitting .367 this season, not surprising because even in high school, he hit at a torrid rate. At ʻIolani High School in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Park was named to the All-State Second Team and First-Team AllConference team as a junior, the year he led his team to the 2009 ILH Championship. He hit .464 that year. Last season, as a freshman, he was named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger All-American team, along with the Great West Conference Second Team. He also earned the nickname “Flyinʼ Hawaiian,” after Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino. The comparisons to See PARK on Page 9


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Sophomore shortstop steps into leadership position Athletes provide more than on-field contributions

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Sophomore shortstop Kaitlin Flynn throws the ball to first base in the Friday’s 6-1 loss to Weber State.

Michael Nowels

Kaitlin Flynn is a talker. UNCʼs sophomore shortstop speaks a mile a minute, constantly communicating with her teammates on the field and in the dugout, offering encouragement at every challenge and cracking jokes when the tension is palpable. “Flynn can talk with anybody,” head coach Shana Easley said. “Sheʼs really good at motivating and cheering and sheʼs also beyond all that. Sheʼs someone in the dugout and on the field if weʼre in a tough spot, sheʼs going to go to them and make them laugh or whatever she needs to do to alleviate that.”

The position of shortstop naturally demands a vocal leader, and Flynn is eager to meet that request with her partner in crime, second baseman Melissa Marcovecchio, a fellow sophomore. “As a shortstop, I try to get involved with everybody on the team,” Flynn said. “I try to make sure Iʼm communicating with everyone. You just try to keep everyone close and have that flow together. I think a lot of us do. Me and Melissa, I love playing shortstop and second base with her because weʼre always just talking. We make jokes sometimes just to keep each other calm.” That connection between former summer softball league rivals is vital

to the University of Northern Coloradoʼs success, as communication up the middle of the diamond can help make a difficult play simpler. Marcovecchio says the connection began last year when the two lived together, and has grown to function with even just a glance. “We werenʼt in the same room but we were suitemates, so I got to know her really well there,” she said. “On the field, we have this special connection. Iʼve never had a connection with anyone else like I have with Flynn. I could seriously look at her and sheʼll know what Iʼm saying.” But Flynnʼs communication doesnʼt stop at her partner in the middle infield. Easley called her a “glue” player for the Bears – someone who is an integral character in team chemistry. “I think that sheʼs just born with that quality, and thatʼs something you want from a demanding position like shortstop,” Easley said. “I think thatʼs her best quality.” A product of Roosevelt High School and a Johnstown native, Flynn says she has enjoyed the close proximity to home because it allows her friends and family to support her and the rest of the Bears. “I just like the fact that people from my high school or people I was close to can come and watch us play and sit on the hill,” she said. “I just think people like to be able to come out here and watch us. Weʼve had our good moments, and I think we play really well at home.” Even at the top of the hill behind home plate, Johnstownians can likely hear Flynn chatter with her UNC teammates, but she endeavors to take on an even greater leadership role through a positive attitude. “I want to become a stronger leader,” she said. “I get down on myself— I really want to improve that, just be able to pick myself back up and help everyone else at the same time.”

Park looks toward the future, hopes for a career playing baseball PARK from Page 8

Victorino doesnʼt stop there. “When youʼre from a small place like that, and you have an opportunity to play Division I baseball, or Major League Baseball, you take full advantage of that, because thatʼs representing your state,” Iwasaki said. “These guys take it pretty

seriously, and thatʼs kind of cool.” As for his postgraduate career, Park says he has a couple of options. If the majors donʼt pan out, heʼs majoring in athletic training and hopes to open his own fitness shop. “I was just hoping to find somewhere to work back in Hawaii,” Park said. “Iʼd love to live back home, but

itʼs pretty expensive, so itʼd have to be a pretty good job.” He said he wants to try to play professionally if itʼs in the cards. “Iʼd love to play anywhere,” Park said. “Honestly, I have no idea where I stand with that or how people think Iʼm projected to do, but I hope for the best.”

go study,ʼ so itʼs like, ʻAll right, Iʼm going with you.ʼ” Pollack (3.73) said sheʼs The classic stereotype of glad to be honored with an athletes is that they are in award that recognizes her college simply work on the field because of their and in the classphysical abiliroom. ties. Three UNC “Nobody resenior athletes in ally expects us particular are acto do well in the tively disproving classroom, but that presumption. itʼs really nice B a s e b a l l ʼs that thereʼs an Ben Packard and award that comBrooks Schneider bines both of Ben Packard were named to them and thatʼs a the 2013 Capital huge honor to be One Academic All-District acknowledged both in soft7 team while Jamie Pollack ball and in my grades,” she was named to the softball said. version of the same team. Softball head coach ShaSchneider (3.64 GPA), an na Easley said she sees the infielder for the University first baseman Pollack as a of Northern Colleader and hopes orado and a sport her devotion to and exercise sciher dietetics and ence major, gave nutrition major an example of serves as a model that stereotype at for younger playwork, noting that ers on the team. it was a surprise “Jamie is an to him. example of a “Last year, I senior, a leader actually had a girl thatʼs getting Jamie Pollack come up to me— what we need to she saw me walkget done in the ing into the classroom—and classroom to be complete she was like, ʻYou actually student-athletes,” Easley go to class?ʼ And that just said. “Her in that senior kind of rattled me a little leadership position is exactly bit,” he said. what you want to filter down Packard (4.0) is a gradu- to the rest of the team.” ate student in the biological The softball team has sciences program and is hop- a history of performing in ing to go to medical school the classroom, as the Bears next year. finished second among all Schneider and Packard, NCAA softball teams in GPA who are close off the field, for the 2011-2012 school keep each other in check, ac- year at 3.603, trailing only cording to the first baseman Robert Morris University in Packard. all NCAA divisions. “I think just having this Baseball head coach Carl friendship and the way we Iwasaki said he and his staff do things, it just helps us also place an emphasis on in every aspect,” he said. academics. “There are some times when “Weʼre passionate about itʼs like, ʻI donʼt want to go teaching the game, but thereʼs to weights,ʼ or, ʻI donʼt want so much more importance to to studyʼ, but the other guyʼs ʻstudent-athletes,ʼ” he said. like, ʻWell, Iʼm going to “Itʼs ʻcollege baseball,ʼ not weights,ʼ or, ʻIʼm going to ʻbaseball college.ʼ” Michael Nowels


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Men’s golf finishes fifth at American Sky Championship

May 6, 2013

The Average Life of Nicci Bee

By Nicole Busse

Staff Report

Leading the Bears was junior Ben Krueger, shooting a one-under 215, which UNCʼs menʼs golf team tied him with Houston finished fifth in the Ameri- Baptistʼs Hudson Hansard can Sky Conferfor third in the ence championindividual tourship tournament, nament. Krueger which concluded shot even-par on Wednesday. The each of the first University of two rounds and Northern Coloone-under-par rado shot a 16on the final day over-par 880 of competition. over the course Sophomore of the three-day Steve Connell Steve Connell tournament. finished 14th The Bears with a score of enjoyed their best day of 220, freshman Connor Barr the tournament Wednes- shot 223 and finished in day in shooting 21st while sopha four-over 292 omore Charlie but still dropped Mroz followed from third place by just a shot, to fifth because good for 23rd Utah Valley shot place and sophoa 286 and Sacramore Stephen mento State shot Kupcho rounded a 289 to pass out the Bears UNC. lineup, shooting Houston Bapa 227 and finishConner Barr tist was crowned ing in 31st place. the American The winner of the inSky champion with a final dividual tournament was score of 871, good for sev- Sacramento Stateʼs Jordan en-over-par. Second place Weir, who shot a three-unwent to Southern Utah, fol- der 213 over the three-day lowed by UVU and Sacra- tournament with a low of mento State. 70 on Tuesday.

Graduate student wins grant to study in Hawaii Staff Report

Adam LeWinter, a UNC graduate student whose work was featured in Chasing Ice, a documentary on the Earthʼs changing climate, earned a prestigious United States Geological Survey (USGS) grant for his work on the Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii. LeWinter was awarded a $1,500 grant to extend his study in Hawaii, and was selected out of hundreds of applications as one of the top three that were awarded grants. LeWinter talked about what got him interested in studying volcanoes. “Iʼve worked in the world of glaciology prior to dong this work, and it really

got me interested in being able to observe and measure changing landscapes on a human timescale,” LeWinter said. “Why Iʼm drawn to the volcanoes is because we can see real significant changes in our lifetimes, and in the case of Kilauea, in a matter of months.” LeWinter is working with University of Northern Colorado Earth Sciences professor Steven Anderson. Anderson has been at UNC since 2007, is the director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute (MAST) and has spent his professional career as a specialist of active lava flows. The summit vent at Kilauea is 30 miles south west of Hilo and has been erupting for 30 years. In 2008, activity at the site changed and an opening at the top emerged, denying access to this once popular tourist area. There has not been lava at this particular site since Mark Twain visited close

to 100 years ago. LeWinter is focusing his thesis work at UNC on this crater and its activity and is fortunate to be able to visit Hilo to gather data thanks to this award grant. Spatial data is collected using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and created the highest resolution topographic maps available. It is a ground-based system that yields up to two centimeter accuracy and setup costs around a quarter of a million dollars. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), who LeWinter works for, provided the LiDAR equipment and software support. ACE, UNC, and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory – a sector of the USGS – are all working together to learn more about the changes and potential threats it has to the Hawaiian population. The problem with this crater is that chunks of the wall are falling into the lava

lake, making the crater larger and ultimately leading to explosions each time a rock falls. The lava lake has risen significantly and researchers donʼt know if it is going to spill out or ultimately why it is rising. Rising levels could determine the amount of pressure in the volcano, and they predict it will be active for some time. “They are sporadic – sometimes you can get a few a day, and sometimes itʼll be weeks or months without any activity at all,” Anderson said as he talked about volcanic eruptions. The award that LeWinter was awarded with is not an easy one to get, and was one of three awarded that support research on volcanoes that benefit the USGS. The funds will cover travel costs and operation costs. LeWinter will be going for the fourth time in the twoyear journey this August. LeWinter was awarded the Kleinman Award, a memorial award named after Jack Kleinman who was a volcanologist who was described as adventurous, fun, and loving of the outdoors. “They look to give this award to people that embody that same spirit, and Adam certainly does,” Anderson said. LeWinter graduated from CU Boulder in 2006 as a mechanical engineer and has one year left in his masterʼs program at UNC.


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Sports writer remembers time spent at The Mirror By Ben Warwick


ewind to April 26, 2010. Thatʼs the day my first story was published in this paper. It was a game recap about a softball doubleheader sweep over Weber State. It was a terrible 250-word blurb that, in retrospect, had no place in a sports section. But my name was in print, and I was so proud. Here we are, just more than three years later, and Iʼd like to think my writing has gotten markedly better. My editors may have something to say about that, but that one terrible article served as a launching pad into something that I knew was my dream path since day one–being a sports reporter. I knew from day one what I wanted to do with my career. However, as everything in life is, this was a process, and getting here wasnʼt easy. Nothing

worth having in life is. The opportunities Iʼve been given both at The Mirror and Bear News have been nothing short of incredible, and have allowed me to do some very cool things. Itʼs so hard to choose from, but probably my favorite memory is covering the womenʼs basketball team on two straight postseason runs. Last year, I had the chance to cover its games at the Big Sky Championship in Pocatello, Idaho. Seeing team history in person was cool enough, but getting to do it as a member of the media made it so much better. This past season, I got to travel to Laramie, Wyo., to watch the team win its first ever WNIT game, and let me tell you, thereʼs just something different about covering playoff basketball. Iʼve also gotten the chance to tell some really interesting stories during my time here. One was the story of a record-setting wide receiver chasing his dream to play on Sundays. Another was how a UNC math professor tried to make waves in the field of

concussion prevention and player safety. And there was then-redshirt freshman Tevin Svihovec setting the schoolʼs Division I record for points in game. Iʼve been around some incredible moments in Northern Colorado sports history, and I realize how lucky I am to have seen and covered those firsthand. However, this isnʼt a one-person job. The people around me have made every step of this journey possible. From the journalism teachers Iʼve had to the incredible people in the Sports Information Office to the staff Iʼve worked with at both The Mirror and Bear News, every single

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person has had an impact in my life. Some of the coaches and athletes Iʼve met here have turned from mere interview subjects to good friends and made this job more than just “work.” They say that if you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. That is so true, and I wouldnʼt trade any part of the last four years for the world. So for that, thank you. And, as always, Go Bears. – Ben Warwick is a senior journalism and communication studies major and a former sports writer for The Mirror. 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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May 6, 2013

UNC awarded grant by National Endowment for the Arts Funds to bring international speakers to university, research about if students’ movement and dancing increases creativity Staff Report

UNC was recently named the recipient of a $25,000 grant to help support the research of student movement and professional development for K-12 teachers through the Center for Integrated Arts Education (CIAE). The grant was awarded by The National Endowment for the Arts.

The University of Northern Colorado was the only university to receive a grant of this kind in Colorado, and the funding will give the university the opportunity to host experts in student movement and professional development from around the world. “The $25,000 will be used to bring internationally known dancers, speakers and workshop leaders to campus in June 2014 for

the CIAE Arts Education Leadership Institute,” said Connie Stewart, an associate professor in the School of Art and Design and the director for the Center for Integrated Arts Education. “It will also pay for planning, research and follow up activities with schools in Colorado and Wyoming.” The research being done will focus on surveying teachers and students about movement.

“The Center for Integrated Arts Education will be surveying K-12 teachers to ask how much time children are allowed to engage in movement activities during the school day,” Stewart said. “After the Arts Education Leadership Institute and subsequent professional development activities, teachers will be surveyed again to see if they were able to incorporate more dance and movement activities in their instruction. The purpose of the CIAE Institute is to bring new awareness of the importance of the arts to our culture and to the education of our children. “The specific goal of this research is to see if movement and dance education increase a studentʼs abil-

“The specific goal of this research is to see if movement and dance education increase a student’s ability to think creatively, critically and collaboratively.”

-Connie Stewart, associate professor in School of Art and Design ity to think creatively, critically and collaboratively,” Stewart said.” The research will take place over two years, and current UNC students have the opportunity to become involved. “The grant will bring new opportunities to UNC students to work with inter-

nationally known artists and educators,” Stewart said. “Students are welcome to develop personal research projects in conjunction with CIAE or to help with the research activities we are already involved with.” The mission of CIAE, according to the UNC web site, “is to support quality, relevant, comprehensive arts education for all students in Colorado.” The CIAE was founded in 2006. The goals of CIAE focus on fostering and developing arts education opportunities for schools in Colorado and other areas and helping schools implement arts-related programs. For more information about the CIAE go to arts.

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