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News Honor society remains outstanding UNC’s Sigma Delta Pi chapter has been nationally recognized for their activities for five years. PAGE 4

Sports Rockies draft former UNC outfielder Jarod Berggren makes his way through the Colorado Rockies system. PAGE 10

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Upcoming In Thursday’s issue of The Mirror, read a preview for the volleyball team’s first tournament of the season.


Autumn Burn vocalist and guitarist Eric Romero sings to the crowd at the UNSR Back to School Jam Tuesday at Turner Green.

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Students looking for work apply themselves at job fair TESSA BYRNS With UNC classes in session and summer jobs only a memory, students are now facing the challenge of finding a job to offset their financial needs during the school year. Students flocked to the annual Student Employment Fall Job Fair at the University Center Tuesday to meet possible employers and fill out applications. The University of Northern Colorado has already hired about 500 students, but there are still opportunities for employment as each UNC department is expected to have

student employees on board to fill their vacancies. “All of the employers are supposed to hire at least one to two students at a time,” said Aimee Rogers, assistant director of Student Employment. “Every department will be hiring at some time or another.” There are many advantages for students having a job on campus. “The employer will work with students on schedules,” Rogers said. “If transportation is an issue, they won’t have to drive anywhere. It helps students graduate on time or earlier. They have better GPAs and have a better work ethic than others.”

Employers said they were enthusiastic to attend the job fair and meet possible employees. “We’ve been at this fair for a number of years, and it has become one of our best places to recruit employees,” said Brian Stone, director of the Campus Recreation Center. “We like the maturity level of college students, and physical education majors are the perfect fit for us.” Students said they found the fair helpful in finding jobs more related to their majors. “This fair has different jobs to look for, and it’s just really helpful for students who are looking for

employment,” said Beth Archer, a junior elementary education major. “I used to work at Holmes Dining Hall, so now I’m just looking for a job on campus that is more closely related to my major.” “The fair is so handy,” said Raelee Rossel, a freshman audiology major. “I was surprised to see jobs outside of the school were flexible with student schedules.” However, some students did not find the fair as helpful as others did. “I thought there was going to be more to it than what was actually there,” said Brittany Peitersen, a freshman elementary education major. “I thought there


Chris Bowen, left, a UNC alumnus and Holmes Dining Hall personnel manager, talks to Shawn Tucker, a freshman biology science secondary education major, about jobs at Holmes. was going to be more jobs available, more employers looking for employees.” Students interested in an on-campus job can

contact the Office of Financial Aid at 970-3512502 or online at loyment/jobbank.


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Outstanding honor society keeps national recognition streak alive SARA VAN CLEVE To receive national recognition for excellence once is an honor, but receiving it five years in a row, as one UNC honor society has done, is even greater. The University of Northern Colorado chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the

national collegiate Hispanic honor society, was once again named an honor chapter for its outstanding activities during the 2010-11 academic year. There are 581 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi across the country, and only 10 are recognized as “honor chapters” each year. Mark Del Mastro, the

national executive director of Sigma Delta Pi, said cultural activities and community involvement are two aspects that set the society apart from other honor societies. “Many people think honor chapters induct new members then there is no more activity,” Del Mastro said. “We reinforce the notion that active chapters do worthwhile

and educational activities.” Each chapter submits an annual report of the cultural activities and community involvement members engage in during the school year. The most outstanding chapters are selected based on how well they represent the organization’s mission and support the learning of

the Spanish language, the understanding of Hispanic culture and the upholding of the society’s goals. During the 2010-11 school year, UNC’s Sigma Delta Pi members participated in cultural events such as Latin dances and poetry recitals, including the seventh annual Hispanic Poetry Contest. Members also performed

community service by participating in a canned food drive and by wrapping gifts during the holidays for Weld County School District 6. Del Mastro said that while chapters host a variety of events, they all focus more on education than other aspects. “Sigma Delta Pi distinguishes itself from a Spanish Club in that the activities have an academic slant,” Del Mastro said. “It’s a validation of academic accomplishments. It’s an academic honor that bolsters students’ academic records. It also creates an environment where they can engage in relevant activities related to their majors and minors in Hispanic studies.” While the UNC chapter has been recognized for excellence for five consecutive years, it is not the only chapter to hold a streak for outstanding activities. The Marquette University chapter in Milwaukee, Wis., holds the record for most consecutive years as an outstanding chapter, having been recognized for the 19th straight year. More than 4,000 new members are inducted to Sigma Delta Pi each year, and at any given point, there are about 16,000 active members across the country. In order to be considered for membership in Sigma Delta Pi, students must at least be in their fourth semester of college with at least 18 credit hours in Spanish classes, three of which must be in civilization or literature courses. Students must also maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in Spanish courses.

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Right to reject service shouldn’t be influenced by beliefs Quick, think of all the reasons why you would refuse somebody’s money. There aren’t that many reasons, are there? What about if that person was homosexual? Is that a deal-breaker? It apparently was for the owner of Here Comes the Bride, a bridal salon in Somers Point, N.J., that refused to sell a dress to a woman because she was homosexual. The owner, Donna, whose last name hasn’t been released by several media outlets, was perfectly content with helping Alix Genter find a more lightweight fabric in the version of

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The we-hold-the-right-torefuse-service-to-anybody clause only goes so far. Personal opinion of gay marriage and everything even remotely similar to that aside, it’s “wrong” to refuse service to somebody for that specific reason. Her money is as good as anybody’s, right? Believe what you want to believe; nobody will have a problem with that. The problem arises when your beliefs get in the way of somebody living the life they want. That’s not your decision to make. The fact that Genter was gay should have played no

part in Donna’s decision as to whether or not she sold Genter a dress. It’s been reported that Donna has agreed to meet with Genter’s parents and apologize for the incident. Just her parents; Genter will not be included. Apology etiquette is to apologize face-to-face to the person you offended, not through a messenger service. Donna might as well send her a “sorry” in a text message, or, better yet, post a frowny face on her Facebook wall. That should make up for everything, right?

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the dress she wanted, that is, until she noticed that Genter crossed out the word “groom” on the paperwork for the purchase and replaced it with “partner.” “She said she wouldn’t work with me because I’m gay,” Genter told the Philadelphia Daily News. “She also said that I came from a nice Jewish family and that it was a shame I was gay. She said, ‘There’s right, and there’s wrong. And this is wrong.’” If Donna wants to find the “wrong” in this situation, she had better look at who’s pointing the finger.


t the end of last spring semester, I was itching to skip town. I had my fill of school and Greeley, so I left. I packed some bags and headed off to Westcliffe, nestled in the Wet Mountain Valley of Colorado, a town the size of our campus with a population fewer than last year’s graduating class. I was granted an apartment and a stipend working for the local theater on four productions and at a camp for children.

In my first weeks in Westcliffe, I was struck by the general friendliness and sociability of the town and by the overall sense of satisfaction the people seem to have. They take pride in their town. They even take pride in the physical world surrounding them, as though Westcliffers somehow contracted to build the Sangre de Cristos. The adventurous spirit of the town impressed me. The town itself charmed me. I never felt like a full-time resident, but I was grateful for a glimpse into another society, just barely distinct from that of Greeley. And there came a day when I wondered how I might feel staying there, finding a home, working when I could find work. I

wouldn’t be alone. I spoke to countless locals whose stories were the same: “I came here for one summer vacation, and I just… stayed.” No one resides by accident in a tiny mountain town, where jobs are scarce and growth slow. They stay for a reason, one different for everyone. This, I think, brings the joy and pride in their home. Many times I have felt tossed around by fate, as though someone else decided I would go to UNC. But for nearly all of us (and, I suspect, anyone who is reading this paper), that is not the case. It was our choice to be here. Late in the summer, I rediscovered the itch I left with. This time, though, it wasn’t simply to

leave Westcliffe but to return to Greeley and to the university. I craved the rhythm of life, wanted to get back to class and missed my student friends. When school began Monday, I was energized and awakened and more prepared than I have ever been. Here’s to another fine year for all of us and, most of all, to remembering why we’re here and knowing we made a choice for ourselves. Not every day will rock. Not every day will even be all right. But we are nowhere else in the world but here, and that, I believe, is truly exciting. Best of luck, everyone. — Mark Maxwell is a junior theater arts major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.


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Cardenas says goodbye, acting dean of students appointed SARA VAN CLEVE Just as new students are settling in to their rooms at UNC, a new dean of students is settling into a new office at the University Center. Katrina Rodriguez, an associate professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership program, has been selected to serve as the acting assistant vice president for stu-

dent engagement and dean of students after the former dean, Raul Cardenas, resigned from the position over the summer. Cardenas, who served at the University of Northern Colorado for five years, resigned from his position at UNC to become the associate vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. “It was a really great

opportunity,” Cardenas said. institution. I love UNC, and I “It was a really tough deci- love everybody here and will sion. I love everybody here, miss everybody here greatly.” Acting provost Robbyn but it was a good career Wacker was responsible for opportunity.” As the associate vice finding Cardenas’ replacechancellor of student affairs, ment and said the dean of Cardenas will oversee all students plays an essential role on campus. student affairs “The dean of including enrollstudents’ role is ment, registrareally central to tion, Housing the well-being and and Residential retention of stuLife, the Career dents,” Wacker Center, Disability said. “They need Resource Center to work effectively and other areas. with students, facCardenas said Raul Cardenas ulty and staff and the people is what said he loves UNC respond to and he will miss most and leaving was a tough and bitterwork with stuabout UNC. dents in that role.” “I’ll miss the sweet decision. staff and the students,” Cardenas said. “UNC is such a great place. It’s bittersweet, but it’s a tremendous opportunity to go to an

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as AVP for student engagement and dean of students, Rodriguez was an associate professor for the HESAL program, a program with which she plans to continue her involvement. “I’m not teaching this semester but might pick up a class down the road,” Rodriguez said. “But I’ll still be working with HESAL advisors and the dissertation board.” Though she just started her new position, Rodriguez said one of her focuses will be applying theory to practice to ensure what students learn in the classroom will be applicable in the world. “We are about making sure we’re aligning our programs and offices to the greater UNC mission,” she said. “We want to make sure we match students with the campus’ mission.” Rodriguez said she believes her previous experi-

ences will help her serve students and the campus. Before Rodriguez came to UNC in 1998, she served as a student affairs professional at the University of California at Davis, the University of Arizona and California State University at Northridge. Rodriguez has worked in both Housing and Residential Life and the Women’s Resource Center at UNC and was a founding member of the Stryker Institute for Leadership Development when it opened in 2001. Rodriguez is also an alumna of UNC, having graduated with a doctorate in higher education and student affairs leadership in 2004. “I’m excited to get to serve the institution in this way,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with undergraduate students and all of the various departments across campus.”

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UNC Student Radio rocks Turner Green Colorado-based bands throw a 1990s-like concert have a good time. Students should expect to see bigger and better events this year.” Resembling the street The four bands, parties of the 1990s— Caramel Carmela, thundering bass and booming vocals bouncing Autumn Burn, The Photo Atlas and headliner My off dorm building walls— Body Sings Electric, all Turner Green served as scheduled to the site of UNC perform at Student the Block Radio’s first Party this annual Back to Friday, were School Jam lined up to Tuesday night. rock the The concert, c a m p u s which served wild, acting as a final as a brief hoorah for stutaste for dents’ lingerwhat’s to ing hunger for come during summer, fea— Janelle Haynes, a the musical tured four Coloradofreshman math sec - takeover of 16th Street. based bands. ondary education Although Sam Wood, it was a senior history major. planned to major and UNC Student Radio’s start at 4 p.m., the concert general manager, said he had a brief delay because band Caramel planned the concert the because the station has Carmela was nearly an been growing every year, hour late. However, once and more concerts were a the concert began, the part of the up-and-com- excited sounds of the band awakened west ing agenda. “I like to be way ahead campus; students who of schedule, so I started to were done with classes plan the event back in began to file out of their April, right after the last rooms to see what the concert,” Wood said. “I fuss was about. “I live in Turner and was expecting this concert to make students figured that I’d be listenaware of UNC Student ing to all of the music Radio, and for students to anyway, so I might as well RUBY WHITE

come out to see the live thing,” said Janelle Haynes, a freshman math secondary education

event had positive circulation, it seemed as if students had missed the memo for the concert, as

turnout and better weather. Hopefully, we will have more people attend our events during the rest

I live in Turner and figured that I’d be listening to all of the music anyway, so I might as well come out to see the live thing.


Autumn Burn rocks Turner Green on Tuesday at the UNC Student Radio-sponsored back-to-school concert. major. “I knew what bands were performing because my friends told me. I plan on seeing them at the Block Party as well.” The radio station staff began advertising the event mid-summer by posting a Facebook event, passing out fliers and promoting the concert during the back-to-school activities. Although the

there was only a handful of attendees during the majority of the performances. “We put on an event in April, and it had a bad turnout due to poor weather,” said James Richardson, a senior art major and director of news at UNC Student Radio. “We put this one on in the hopes that it would have a better

of the year.” As the evening wore on, stage lights emanated neon colors, smoke from fog machines was released and the inbetween DJ blared dubstep while My Body Sings Electric set up. The crowd grew larger; about 100 students enjoyed the free neon glow sticks being passed out by UNCSR staff members.

“We’re based out of Denver and have been playing shows in that area for about four years,” said Brandon Whalen, lead singer and manager of My Body Sings Electric. “We were on the UNC radio show with Sam Wood in about March or April and (Wood) started talking to us about it then. We got our buddies from The Photo Atlas to come up with us as well.” The group played songs that audience members knew and rocked out to, giving the concert a wrap up filled with energy and excitement. Students with glow sticks performed rave dances in front of the stage and cheered for the band members. “I had seen one of the bands (The Photo Atlas) at the Fox Theater before, and I wanted to see them again,” said J.B. Ponpey, a freshman nursing major. “I thought the group put on a good show tonight, too. The concert was a good idea to bring students together, but I thought it would have had a greater turnout.” UNCSR staff said it plans to put on more events during the school year and hopes to see more student turnout and enthusiasm.

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UPC showcases student song covers, comedy RYAN LAMBERT


Dillon Schneebeck, a freshman business major, entertained students with a beat box and a spoken word sessions at Open Mic Night on Monday.

It might not be often that a person will see his or her peers jamming out to the tunes of cups on a table or beat boxing. Nevertheless, that is what students were presented with on Monday night for the first Open Mic Night of the academic year. The event was sponsored by the University Program Council and was held in the University Center Fireside Lounge. The Open Mic Night, which lasted from 9-11 p.m., was arranged by Dan Barton, UPC’s arts and entertainment coordinator. Barton kicked off

the night with a ditty about the anxiety and hope surrounding a new school year. “It’s Open Mic, and I’m super psyched about this,” Barton sang. Ian Butler, a sophomore music major who specializes in the cello, was the first student performer. Butler covered Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” but the song lyrics were nearly obscured by the sounds of women and men fawning over Butler’s golden dreadlocks. “This song is for all the guys who have been given the ‘you’re a nice guy, but…’ speech,” Butler said. Withers was not the

only famous musician who received a student cover Monday night; student performers sang Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and Sufjan Steven’s “Casimir Pulaski Day.” Students also had fun listening to campy renditions of Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black songs. Other musicians chose to sing self-written songs. For example, the two members of the Greeley band Bones Muhroni played three of their blues-inspired songs, including “Epiphany.” Even though noted Yale literary critic Harold Bloom called spoken-word poetry the death of an art form, it

was very much alive at UPC’s Open Mic Night—as was stand-up comedy and beat boxing. The room was still full with its record-breaking audience as the halfway mark of the night’s entertainment came and went. “In college, you don’t drink coffee because of the taste of it; you drink coffee because you need it,” Barton told the incoming freshmen who stuck out the entire slate of performers. The event concluded with a cover of Boys Like Girls’ “Great Escape” by Nick Bergstrom, a freshman undeclared major, which had the audience singing along. Students sang in unison with Bergstrom, and choruses of, “Throw it away; forget yesterday,” resonated throughout the lounge. UPC plans on hosting seven Open Mic nights throughout the fall semester; the next one will take place on Sept. 5 in the Fireside Lounge at 9 p.m.

Open Mic Night The next Open Mic Night will be on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, in the Fireside Lounge. There will be free Starbucks coffee.

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Art teachers get creative in Oak Wood Gallery TOTIANNA WEEKLY With the new 2011-12 school year beginning, there will be many activities and events to attend in order to introduce all the wonders of the UNC community. The University of Northern Colorado’s College of Performing and Visual Arts will host a “It’s What We Do” faculty art exhibit starting today and running through Sept. 24. The exhibit will be in the Oak Wood Gallery in Crabbe Hall. “It’s What We Do” will display the dynamics of artistic work that range

from paintings to photography and mixed media. About 100 people are expected to attend today’s exhibit and view the artistry of Kelly Cook, Jim Digby, Susan Nelson, Armando Silva, Annie Surbeck and Dyana Wyeno—some of whom teach in UNC’s art department. Twenty to 25 pieces will be presented, and all six artists are expected to attend the exhibit, giving spectators an opportunity to speak to the artists. The Oak Wood Gallery and the College of Performing and Visual Arts typically hold two or three exhibits per semester.

The majority of these exhibits showcase student talent; however, this exhibit will be showcasing the works of instructors who teach the community art classes. Joan-Shannon Miller, director of UNC’s art galleries, explained the need to display faculty art. “We do student work a lot, but it is really hard to showcase student work at the beginning of the school year, so this is a good opportunity to show off the work of faculty members and get students excited,” Miller said. Kaesha Kaimola-De Costa, a senior psycholo-

gy major, thinks that the Silva is a recent UNC graduconcept of a teacher art ate, dancer, painter and muralist. exhibit is a Jim Digby, a great idea. photogra“I think pher, is this would retired but be a good well-known t h i n g among the because it community. would allow Annie students to Surbeck see the may not beauty, crehave the a t i v i t y , — Kaesha Kaimolasame name emotion De Costa, a senior recogniand viewtion, but point from psychology major those in the somebody else’s eyes through his or community are getting to her art work,” Kaimola-De know her as she takes a pleasantly different spin Costasaid. Each artist brings a per- on her work, noted Miller. Dyana Wyeno seeks to sonal twiston his or herart;

...It would allow students to see the beauty, creativity, emotion and viewpoint from somebody else’s eyes through his or her artwork.

be the true expression of fun; she uses recycled objects to create feats of the imagination. Brittani Alford, a senior elementary education major, said she believes everyone has a different perceptionofwhat art is. “(Teachers) should be promoting creativity and doing more hands-on activities,”she said. Alford said this particular gala is an excellent way for teachers to teach art because it does not just “preach”about it. Each artist has something different artistically to offer, so there will be plenty to please every viewer.

Music to boom on 16th Street STAFF REPORT It’s the time of year for UNC students to rock out at the annual 16th Street Block Party, an event where new and returning University of Northern Colorado students can explore the biggest bands in Greeley as well as others native to Colorado. The Block Party is sponsored by a variety of local businesses and entrepreneurs, including the Bookstop, Blackjack, A.F. Rays and Atlas Church. The event will also give people the opportunity to explore local Greeley businesses on 16th Street. Students can stop for coffee at Margie’s Java Joint, buy a cheesesteak at Taste of Philly or get a “toasted” sub at

Cheba Hut. Attendees can expect a horde of musical artists; more than 56 bands, to include 26 Greeley musicians, will perform throughout 16th Street on seven stages. The headliners for this year’s block party are the hiphop band Air Dubai and the electronic-based Denver band Gramatik. There will also be five after-parties following the main event. A.F. Rays will host headliner Gramatik with ArisDUHkats and Seth Abrumz. Trichome with Ben Pu and Crew will play at Sky Nightclub. The Penalty Box will be filled with the sounds of Bad Grammar Overload with Bovine Green. Bones Muhroni will jam at the Jager.

Patrick’s Irish Pub will host The Stubby Shillelaghs. All of the after parties will begin at 10 p.m.

Stages •Campus Credit Union: 9th Avenue and 16th Street •A.F. Ray’s and Wing Shack: 9th Avenue and 16th Street •Cheba Hut: 11645 8th Avenue •Garden Theatre Stage: UNC Central Campus •My Favorite Band Stage: 17th Street and 9th Avenue •Blacklist Stage: 919 16th Street •Margie’s Java Joint Stage: 931 16th Street

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Soccer faces difficult non-conference schedule TARIQ MOHAMMAD

After consecutive losses to University of Denver and University of Colorado to start t h e s e a s o n , t h e Soccer U N C soccer team looks to rebound in its home opener on Friday against Jacksonville. The Bears are excited for another year that brings with it high expectations. “They were both tough games and really good

teams,” senior midfielder Kimmie Feidler said. “We need to take what we can from it and move forward.” After posting the most wins since 2002 (10), members of the team feel confident they will only improve. Despite two loses already, head coach Tim Barrera said he looks forward to the difficult schedule ahead. The University of Northern Colorado’s nonconference opponents went a combined 121- 8727 a season ago. “It’s a solid non-conference schedule,” Barrera said. “Jacksonville finished

first or second in their conference last year and so did Utah State. So those are

Our kids are excited to play conference games because this year we have four, especially with the opening match being NAU, who we lost to twice last year. — Tim Barrera, head soccer coach

two very good opponents coming up this weekend. Then after that, we play a couple of teams we beat last year in Air force and New Mexico State away. It’s a challenging non-conference schedule, but we have an experienced group, and they are excited to play some teams, and it will help us down the line with our conference schedule.” Last year, the Bears fell to Northern Arizona not only in the semifinals of the Big Sky Championships but also in regular season. The rivalry between the teams exists partly because of

the aggressive play was named last year’s Big between the two schools Sky Offensive MVP, said but also because six play- the non-conference ers on UNC’s schedule will be roster are from good preparaArizona. tion for the “Our kids are competitive excited to play league the team conference plays in. games because “ T h o s e this year we games are good have four home, for working out especially with Danielle Birdsall the kinks,” she the opening was tabbed as the said. “Just getmatch being Big Sky Offensive ting back in the NAU, who we Most Valuable sync of playing lost to twice last Player last season. with each other year,” Barrera said. Junior forward Danielle Birdsall, who

and getting in the same old rhythm as last year. We are still getting that back.”

Bears outfielder drafted, signed by Colorado Rockies PARKER COTTON

Former UNC baseball player Jarod Berggren has a long road ahead of him, but it’s a road very few even make it to. Berggren was drafted in the 32nd round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on June 8 by the Colorado Rockies. Four days later, he agreed to a contract and was in Casper, Wyo., for the start of rookie camp with the Casper Ghosts, the rookie affiliate of the Rockies. “It was kind of surreal,” Berggren told The (Greeley) Tribune in June. “Even thinking about it, it didn’t hit me for a while. You always grow up wanting to play pro baseball, and when someone tells you you can get the

chance to, it’s unbelievable.” Berggren said the decision University of Northern became very easy for him. “I got the phone call, and Colorado head coach Carl Iwasaki said he heard about (the Rockies) said they’d call the selection that same day back later that night and talk when he was notified by a about signing, so I had the whole day to sit Rockies scout that and marinate the organization that. By the time would be selecting they called, I was his junior left ready to pack my fielder. Before bags,” Berggren making a decision said. “I talked on whether to stay with my parents in school or sign a about it, and we c o n t r a c t , Jarod Berggren figured I still had Berggren spoke is playing for the a lot of time to go with Iwasaki and Tri-City Dust Devils, back to school. his teammates. a Class-A ShortThere’s not too “It’s a great Season team. many opportuniopportunity for Jarod, and when he called ties to play pro ball, and I didme, I said, ‘Go for it,’” Iwasaki n’t want to look back and say said. “(His teammates) were I didn’t get the chance.” A short time later, all positive. They’re thrilled.” Having gotten input from Berggren, who said he his parents and coaches, also worked out for the

Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and a few others, agreed to a contract with the Rockies for an open-ended time length and enough money to pay for the rest of his schooling. Berggren said MLB has a scholarship program that gives players drafted before the end of their senior year in college an amount of money to use to pay for the rest of school he needs to graduate if baseball does not pan out. Berggren also said the terms of his contract give him “a little bit” of a signing bonus but did not disclose a figure. He described the feeling of being drafted as one he’s never felt before. “There’s nothing I can really compare it to,” he said.

“You feel like, not like you accomplished your goal, but you’re one step closer to it.” Iwasaki called Berggren a “five-tool” player, one who can essentially do it all. Garren Estes, Berggren’s coach at Broomfield High School, also told The (Greeley) Tribune in June that the Rockies drafted themselves a stand-up player. “He was an all-around player,” Estes said. “He had an outstanding work ethic, he could hit, he had an outstanding arm and he’d do anything you asked him to do.” Iwasaki also said, though, that Berggren’s success will depend of how well he adjusts to big-league pitching. Berggren, who hit .360 with a team-leading 19 doubles, seven triples and seven

home runs last season, hit .289 with four RBIs in 38 atbats with the Ghosts before making his first appearance with the Tri-City Dust Devils, a Class-A Short Season team, on Sunday. The Dust Devils play about 80 games in twoand-a-half months, which is roughly 30 more games in the same amount of time Berggren was used to at UNC. “It’s a new life, that’s for sure,” Berggren said. Estes said he is confident, though, that Berggren will succeed. “He has everything to become a Rockie or a Major League player,” Estes said. “He’s gonna work and do everything he has to do, and that’s what makes him a special kid.”

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UNC office helps veterans adjust to campus, civilian life CHRIS CASEY

It’s located in a building with a quaint, old-world name — Roudebush Cottage — but the services inside are light-years ahead of what was offered a couple of years ago at the University of Northern Colorado. It’s a place where Michael Thuener, an eightyear Army veteran, feels comfortable getting any of his benefits questions answered. He stopped in Roudebush, UNC’s headquarters for veterans services, on Monday morning to use a computer. He knows the folks at the office, led by Lucus DeKinder, assistant registrar of veterans services, well. Before the move to Roudebush, matters for veterans were handled by one person, who also had other duties and whose office was deep within the basement of the financial aid office. “Since they got Lucus and this setup, it’s so much easier to take care of things,” Thuener says. “If you have questions you can come here and get answers. It’s just nice to know that it’s here if something comes up. And if you email (DeKinder) you get a quick response.” DeKinder was hired in January 2010, part of a concerted emphasis on services for veterans at the university. Among Colorado universities, UNC led the way with the offer of full tuition reimbursement in

the Yellow Ribbon program. The program is part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which tripled the amount of federal money devoted to the previous GI college education bill. Under the Yellow Ribbon program, universities and colleges can determine how much to contribute toward veteran student highereducation costs. UNC and Colorado State University cover 100 percent of tuition for resident and nonresident veteran undergraduate students — the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs matches up to 50 percent of the college’s contribution — while about 30 other public and private schools in the state offer lesser breaks on tuition. UNC also offers the benefit to graduate students. At UNC, qualifying veterans are granted status as instate students for tuition purposes, regardless of previous residency. Dealing with veterans is familiar territory for DeKinder, who served in the Air Force, including two overseas deployments (Afghanistan and Iraq), and currently serves in the Colorado Air National Guard. Overall, he has 12 years of Air Force and National Guard experience. “I actually applied for this job while I was still in Iraq,” DeKinder says. “I coordinated it with my wife and what limited computer access we had.” He is helped in the office by three veteran students who work part-time. The

historic cottage, which has a kitchen and living room, was originally used by home economics students. “The feedback has been real positive” about the dedicated veterans office and the improved customer service, DeKinder said. “This building is open for those students to use as a resource, to hang out, study, use the refrigerator. We have a wireless hub, as well.” Wireless hub. Lessstress hub. They’re apt descriptions of what UNC has become in recent years for veterans. UNC expects to have 300 veterans on campus this fall. That compares with 240 in 2010 and 160 in fall 2009. CSU, which also has the tuition-covered offering for veterans, has seen its veteran student population climb about 10 percent a semester (currently about 700 students) in the past few years. The UNC cottage has helped veterans from the general Greeley population, as well. The Disabled American Veterans office on nearby 8th Avenue closed last year, DeKinder says, with services being consolidated at a county office in north Greeley. “A lot of times people are just wondering what’s available to them,” DeKinder says. “They might be thinking about going back to school. We work really close with Aims and Front Range (community colleges) too about different opportunities.” The military-friendly

policies at UNC — the veterans remain eligible for financial aid on top of the Yellow Ribbon program, allowing those with families to support themselves — are also paying off in the areas of emotional support and civilian-life integration. DeKinder says some veterans have a harder time adjusting to civilian life than others. The Veterans Services office refers them to local mental health and other health clinics if students are struggling. “It’s obviously not an easy life (in the military), but it’s a very simple life, especially in deployment. … There’s not even a lot of choices in what’s available for food,” he says. He notes that the many details that need to be accomplished the first week of school can be overwhelming for veterans. It can take months or even years for some personnel to adjust back into civilian life, he says. “We have guys literally within a month of leaving Afghanistan or Iraq are here attending classes,” DeKinder says. “I should say guys and gals. We have lot of female veterans. Roughly 40 percent (at UNC) are female veterans.” Thuener said he didn’t have trouble readjusting to college life — “I enlisted out of high school knowing I wasn’t prepared for college; it wasn’t the right time” — but it’s important for veterans to have support systems of friends and family. “It was an odd feeling sometimes — you’re sitting in these classes with 18-

year-olds,” says Thuener, 29, who will graduate with a degree in business administration and computer information systems after the fall semester. The new benefits available to veterans under the GI Bill include a housing allowance of $1,152 a month and up to $1,000 a year for books. Under the previous GI Bill, veterans would receive a stipend of $1,300 a month from which they paid tuition. For the new program, veterans qualify on a graduated scale. It’s from 90 days (40 percent of the benefit) to 36 months (100 percent) of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001. “Since the transition to

Post-9/11 it’s so much easier,” Thuener says. “You know your classes are paid for and what you’re getting on your monthly stipend.” As part of its mission to not only serve veterans but also give nonmilitary students a glimpse into what serving your country is like, the Veterans Services office provides programming. Last year it organized a free screening of “Restrepo,” a film about what it’s like in Afghanistan. More than 100 students watched the film. “I think often people don’t even comprehend that that stuff is going on out there, or what we’re doing in these other countries,” DeKinder says.


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Starting quarterback to be announced Thursday Several positions still up for grabs after fall training camp BEN WARWICK

For the UNC football team, fall camp in 2011 has been mainly one of transition. University of Northern Colorado alumnus and former player Earnest Collins Jr. was announced as the new head football coach on Dec. 28 last year. With him, he brought four assistant coaches from Alcorn State University, added two assistant coaches from outside universities, and retained two assistant coaches. From the outside, not many expect the Bears to play well this season. The team was picked to finish eighth out of nine teams in the Big Sky, just ahead of

Idaho State, which was one of UNC’s two conference wins last season. On the inside, however, expectations are running higher than ever. The race for starting quarterback has been heated, and a starter is expected to be named by Thursday. Candidates senior Dylan Orms, junior Matt Baca and sophomores Seth Lobato and Tim Tancik have all improved in camp this fall, according to coaches. “I think we have four very capable quarterbacks going into this season,” Boyer said. “The battle’s still going on right now. Each of them bring a unique quality, and they’re all working hard to gain the strengths that the other quarterbacks may have.”


UNC senior defensive lineman VJ Holmes rushes quarterback Dylan Orms in practice Tuesday. Holmes had 17 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season.

I think we have four very capable quarterbacks going into the season. The battle’s still going on.

— Jon Boyer, quarterbacks coach

The offensive line, which coach Collins noted might be the most improved group on the field, looks to continue its fall camp progress and turn it into success on the field during the regular season. “I think they’re starting to open up some holes in the run game, and they’re protecting our quarterback better, and they’re starting to look like a cohesive unit,” Collins said. “Now, we just have to get to game day to see if that carries over to game time.” Unlike the offensive line, which returns several players with starting experience, the Bears’ collection of running backs is an entirely different story. “Our running back situation has improved a lot,” Collins said. “That’s probably our most unproven position we have on our team simply because we don’t have a running back on our team that ran for more than 50 yards (last season).” Not only is Collins trying to rebuild the program on the field, but he’s also trying to bring back a sense of pride to the program. “I wasn’t here before, last five or six years, what-

ever it was, but I keep hearing people say they haven’t been through this before,” Collins said. “So trying to implement that pride factor back into the program and taking some ownership of your behaviors on and off the field.” On the defensive side of the ball, senior VJ Holmes anchors a defensive line that strives to improve on its performance from last season. “I see a lot of us being more technical,” Holmes said. “We’re listening to the coach and what he has to say as far as getting our hands on our man and using our techniques to get to the ball. He slows it down a lot for us to make sure we do it right.” Holmes also said he hopes to use his experiences as a senior and starter to help his fellow defensive linemen throughout the season. “I want to make sure I do what the previous seniors didn’t do for me, and that’s just if I see them mess up on film, I try to break it down as far as what they could do different if they don’t catch it, necessarily,” Holmes said. The Bears open their season at 1:35 p.m. on Sept. 3 against NAIA opponent Lindenwood at Nottingham Field. Collins said the team looks improved in practice, but the real improvement will be seen on game day. “The real test will come when we play against someone with a different color jersey,” he said.


UNC junior linebacker Aisea Vave, left, and freshman linebacker Brandon Boyle rush toward the line of scrimmage in practice on Tuesday.

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Workshop provides insight to teaching Holocaust history CARRISSA OLSZEWSKI Teachers were in the student section on a day classes don’t take place. High school, middle school and pre-service teachers were taught Sunday on how to lecture about the Holocaust at UNC’s First Annual Institute for Teaching the Holocaust. Jeri Kraver, a University of Northern Colorado English professor, spearheaded the event. Kraver was one of just 18 university professors in the U.S. invited to attend a seminar about the Holocaust at Yad Vashem’s International

School for Holocaust Studies. Ephraim Kaye, director of International Seminars at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, was the keynote speaker. Kaye said it was important for teachers to talk to their students about the victims, perpetrators and bystanders. In order to better understand the event, he said, it is necessary to examine these three different groups before, during and after WWII because the people were more than labels; they each had their own lives. Kaye explained the

Jews were in a situation where the choices they made were pointless. No matter what they did, there was no positive outcome to their situation. He said even for some time after the war, many survivors were left with literally nothing. The Jews would travel home only to find their properties owned by someone else and antiSemitism still prevalent. Many of them had to make new connections because most of their immediate and extended family members had been killed. “When the war is over, people want to connect,” Kaye said. “Their only

‘revenge’ was to get married and have children. And the real ‘revenge’ of survivors was having grandchildren.” Kaye said the best way to discuss the Holocaust with students is to personalize the story, which is why each of the books given to the teachers had a disc with several testimonies from survivors. The workshop also included breakout sessions, one of which featured Joan Clinefelter, a history professor at UNC, who spoke about how the Nazis gained power. “The Germans were not bad people,” Clinefelter said. “They were people that made very bad political

decisions. The German people gave up on democracy, and that is how Hitler was able to make the decisions.” Clinefleter said it was a time of severe economic depression and a sense of disillusionment with Germany’s government. These two factors led to the rise of Hitler and the acts of genocide he inflicted on the Jews. To help the teachers have a more personalized

People’s religion is meant to preach faith, not hate. — Jack Adler, Holocaust survivor

take on the Holocaust, a survivor, Jack Adler, spoke to them. Adler was in several different concentration camps between the ages of 10 and 16 and was the only one in his family to survive the Holocaust. “The world was SIC,” Adler said. “Silent, indifferent and complacent about the events that occurred.” Adler says he believes the world has not learned much from this horrible time of oppression and it is important individuals treat others the way they want to be treated. “People’s religion is meant to preach faith, not hate,” Adler said.

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