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News Occupiers share national solidarity Occupy Greeley protestors supported veterans through a march and vigil at UNC Friday. PAGE 2

Sports Volleyball sweeps weekend trip The UNC volleyball team earns the top seed after defeating Idaho State and Weber State. PAGE 7

Online Women’s hoops loses on road UNC sophomore D’shara Strange’s triple-double wasn’t enough for a win at Bradley. Read at Mon: 57 | 30


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UNC junior wide receiver Dominic Gunn (16) celebrates his second quarter touchdown reception in front of Portland State junior cornerback Aaron Kincy (4) during the Bears’ season-ending game Saturday at Nottingham Field. Gunn had two catches for 28 yards.


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Veterans dine, reflect on time serving in armed forces COLLEEN ALLISON

Faculty, staff and students at UNC showed thanks to those who served their country and gave veterans a chance to reminisce during Veterans Day luncheons Friday. Native American Student Services staff members hosted the first luncheon, which brought together UNC Police Department officers Larry Raimer, an Air Force veteran, and Bryan Hogsett, an Army veteran, and director of NASS, Solomon Little Owl, a Marine Corps veteran. “The best experience I had was when I was

deployed to Honduras twice,” Hogsett said. “We built roads down there.” However, when Raimer was active in the military, he said it was not at the most opportune time for him and his family. “My daughter was six months old when I got activated,” he said. Little Owl said when he served, he felt lonely at certain times of the year. “My saddest times in the Marines were during the holidays,” Little Owl said. Little Owl said NASS is trying to plan a bigger lunch next year to include veterans’ families. Another luncheon followed, featuring World

War II veterans. Earl Anderson had many stories to share about his time in WWII. “I had a job to do and I did it,” Anderson said. “I got out with my life. I worked hard and had a good life.” Anderson also had some advice to offer about life. “I’ve had some ups and downs in life, but you can’t go through life without some ups and downs,” he said. “Learn how to dance. If you didn’t know how to dance in the Navy, you were in trouble. Just get out there and move everything you got.” Chuck Holmes is a UNC alumnus who was employed by The Mirror

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and taught at UNC parttime for 10 years. “I enjoyed my time here at the college,” Holmes said. Holmes was an active photographer for The Mirror. “I shot most of the Cranford Hall fire pictures,” he said. Ricki Lutjens, a junior elementary education major and resident assistant in South Hall, and Todd Schuster, the graduate assistant for Civic Engagement for Housing and Residential Education, invited the veterans to attend the memorial celebration at Bittersweet Park and lunch afterward.


Chuck Holmes, a World War II veteran, gets lunch at the salad bar at Holmes Dining Hall during a Veterans’ Day luncheon honoring veterans’ service and sacrifice Friday. “I wanted to have an opportunity for my floor to make a difference in the community by taking

some time to show appreciation for veterans, service and the war,” Lutjens said.

Veterans ‘vital’ to Occupy movement SARA VAN CLEVE Occupy Greeley protestors carrying signs, candles and an American flag, some chanting, “Benefits for veterans, not bailouts for banks,” made their way from Lincoln Park to UNC and back during their Veterans Day march and candle-lit vigil Friday. The march and vigil, which was the first official event of the movement, began at Lincoln Park in downtown Greeley, traveled to the Garden Theater near the Office of Veterans Services at the University of Northern Colorado and ended back at the park’s occupation site. “We stand in solidarity with all of the Occupy groups all over the country,” said Michele Kelly, a psy-

chologist and Greeley resident. “(Veterans) are part of the 99 percent. The 99 percent is all of us: different political persuasions, religions, ethnic groups; everyone is welcome.” Ron Peterson, a Marine Corps veteran who served from 1997-2001 and was reactivated in 2003 to serve for more than a year in Operation Iraqi Freedom, has been participating in the Occupy Greeley for a week and a half and spends most nights at the campsite. “I absolutely believe in (the Occupy movement),” Peterson said. “For veterans, we ask them to make so many sacrifices, and they come back and there are no jobs — no help at the VA. Veterans are a vital part; their voice needs to be heard as well.” The march was hosted to

honor those who served the United States and to show support for veterans who were injured during police retaliation during the Occupy Oakland protest in California. One sign read “Scott Olsen, Kayvan Sabeghi, Veterans of the 99%, we are with you.” Becca Fordyce, a junior sociology major at UNC and an Occupy Greeley organizer, said the main purpose of the walk is to show support for veterans and other protestors across the country. “We’re walking to support veterans,” she said. “We’re standing in solidarity with veterans. We’re walking for peace and to support veterans in a real and honest way.” As the protestors walked down 8th Avenue, people in cars honked, waved and gave See Occupy, Page 4

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Child abuse can be stopped with education, bigger programs Every six hours, a child will die from abuse in the United States. Abusers are the only people who can truly explain why they exploit children, but violence and maltreatment directed toward adolescents can also be psychologically explained. More often than not, those who abuse children were victims of child abuse themselves. According to the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, abused children are 74 times more likely to commit crimes against others and six times more likely to maltreat their own children. The numbers are evident in the United States

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chances of abused children developing into abusive adults. The cycle must be broken, but this can only be done if society chooses to acknowledge the problem. The U.S. has options, but citizens are not adequately educated on the possibilities. Programs dedicated to preparing adults for parenthood are in session every day, changing the way Americans handle the pressures of being a caretaker. With action, one day the U.S. will take the prevalence of child abuse earnestly and implement a widereaching, more recognizable program to save those who cannot save themselves.

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Although child abuse is completely preventable, the Kananen case is one of millions. The U.S. has the highest record of child abuse in the industrialized world. Not many realize child cruelty is occurring at epidemic proportions. A recent congressional report determines the number of children killed as a result of maltreatment could be near 2,500 each year. The ofteninefficient child protective services are slow and allow children to fall through the cracks far too frequently. Adolescents rescued from abusive homes are rarely adequately treated for psychological damage, thus increasing the

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prison system, where 68 percent of inmates were abused as children. People are being bred to be violent. Stacey Kananen, a Florida woman, was accused of helping her brother kill their mother in 2003. Prosecutors say unearthing violence and sexual abuse perpetrated by the Kananens’ parents in childhood was a motive for the murder. Stacey was acquitted in 2010; her brother was not as fortunate. We can only imagine what would have become of Richard Kananen if his father had kept his hands to himself. Instead, he is spending the rest of his life in a 6by-8-foot prison cell.


ll too often, people associated with status or money are placed at the rough end of an allegation. Just recently, Justin Bieber was accused of fathering the child of a woman three years his senior. It seems like similar circumstances arise frequently. Regardless, the evidence seems to point to one conclusion: Mariah Yeater, the accuser, is lying. Ignore the fact that Bieber has agreed to take a DNA test; Yeater’s mother filed a paternity lawsuit in 1997 and has a history of drug

problems, and Yeater was evicted from her apartment recently. These are circumstantial, but they still point to Yeater begging for a settlement just to shut her up (not an uncommon practice). It’s also worth noting that Yeater could be charged with statutory rape if her claims prove true. I’m highly confident this will wash under the rug and Yeater being dragged with it, but unfortunately, similar allegations often ruin people. As of last week, five women have accused presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment. Cain reportedly passed a private investigator’s lie-detector test (while his accuser did not), but the reality is an accusation often damages credibility. Our legal system is supposed to

be based on an innocent-untilproven-guilty paradigm, but public opinion often circumscribes negative reaction to allegations, many of which are proven to be patently false. This situation may hurt Cain’s platform even if he is never charged with anything, and a private investigator’s lie-detector test is hardly as conclusive as a paternity test. All of this stems from a culture that victimizes the alleger. The late Georgia State Representative Bobby Franklin was given a lot of flak because he sought to change the legal language in rape cases from “victim” to “accuser.” In reality, “alleger” may have been a more appropriate term, but while there were a lot of things Franklin should have been given flak about, such as his support for

the abolishment of drivers’ licenses, this wasn’t one of them. In a legal setting where the point of an investigation is to show that a person is a victim and to prove the alleged is the attacker, referring to the person as a victim based on personal testimony and limited or no evidence begs the question by assuming what must be shown. This isn’t meant to be insensitive; it’s meant to recognize that people have lied in the past about such situations, including Norma McCorvey and Michelle Gretzinger. It may be the case that all five of Cain’s accusers are lying. Then again, maybe not. But we must remember that the alleged is innocent until proven guilty. — Josh Divine is a senior mathematics major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.


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Do you agree with Penn State’s decision to fire head football coach Joe Paterno? SARA VAN CLEVE

“It’s a tough question. He’s being accused without proof and that’s not the basis of the judicial system. I’d prefer such things be handled by the courts, and not the administration, and if there is a sentence by the courts, then they should be punished.” Jane Barnhart, a linguistically diverse education graduate student

“I agree with it. It’s gross. It’s messed up. Who would back him up? He knew kids were being molested in the locker rooms.”

“I agree with the decision. I think letting him not face the consequences for knowing about it makes it OK for other people to do the same thing.”

“Yes, that stuff’s all based on reputation and you can’t have somebody with a bad reputation leading the football team. It’s bad for morale, it makes it uncomfortable for the players and coach and it makes it uncomfortable for the faculty.”

“No, I think he should have been allowed to finish the season. It seems to me he told sources, and maybe he could have done more, but it’s not his place as the football coach, it’s the responsibility of the board of directors and others.”

Tyler Ahlem, a senior criminal justice major

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Occupy Greeley march shows ‘time is now’ for change for citizens, veterans Occupy from Page 2 the Occupiers the thumbs up, which is the typical

type of response the movement as a whole has received, Kelly said.

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“Greeley has been very gracious,” Kelly said. “We have permits to be here and the police keep an eye out for us. Ninety-nine percent of the response has been positive. People have been wonderful.” Once the Occupiers arrived at the Garden Theater, the group had a moment of silence in honor of veterans and sang an “Occupy” version of “This Little Light of Mine.” The vigil gave Occupiers a chance to voice their personal opinions about the movement, as well. “The time is now,” said Kyle Hartmann, a senior polit-

ical science and sociology major at UNC. “We can’t wait. If somebody doesn’t stand up now, it might be too late.” Hartmann, who organized the first Occupy Greeley general assembly with Fordyce, said many people are confused about the purpose of the movement. “A lot of people think we don’t have a message,” Hartmann said. “Our message is broad because there is so much wrong. We have a ton of demands. There are just so many we can’t narrow it down to one thing. The first thing is get corporations out (of the government) and everything else follows that.”


Occupy Greeley protestors, including a number of UNC students, host a candle-lit vigil in support of veterans during their Veterans Day March and Vigil, their first official event, Friday.

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Night walk, film put Uganda war into perspective AMBER KAZMIERSKI Night commuting, to the average American, often means driving home from work. To the average Northern Ugandan child, though, it has a very different meaning. To Northern Ugandan children, night commuting means walking four or more miles to a city in order to be safe from the Lord’s Resistance Army. The UNC Invisible Children Committee hosted a walk and film screening to give students a sense of what this means. At the beginning of the event, a member of the University of Northern Colorado’s committee broke the group into two sections and told those who came to follow them from the University Center to the Garden Theater.

The walk in their shoes replicated the experiences of children who night commute in Northern Uganda. When everyone arrived at the Garden Theater, they huddled into a circle and were given a candle to represent a Ugandan child. On the way back to the UC, attendees were told to be

silent in order to get the full affect of night commuting and to experience the fear those children felt. The committee members would tell attendees throughout their walk to blow out their candles. Each extinguished flame represented a child who was abducted or killed by the LRA.


Students walk across campus in silence with candles in honor of children kidnapped or killed by the Lord’s Resistance Army during the Invisible Children “In Their Footsteps” event Friday.

“It’s weird to imagine that in order to go sleep you have to walk four miles,” said Katherine Foote, a freshman acting major. “Even the government soldiers aren’t any help. I don’t understand. What would happen if something bad happened? You have no one to turn to.” Following the walk, UNC’s IC Committee showed the film “Go,” which tells the story of several high school students who participated in Schools for Schools, an Invisible Children program. Schools for Schools helps high schools around the country raise money to help rebuild schools in Northern Uganda, and students who

raised the most money won a trip to Northern Uganda to see where the money was going. “I didn’t really know what it was at all when I came, and watching ‘Go’ was really sad,” said Danielle Flowers, a freshman acting major. “Just thinking that there are kids that are our age or younger that are suffering, and I don’t know what to do. Northern Uganda has been facing war for 17 years. Joseph Kony leads the LRA, and when most of his followers abandoned him, he then turned to abducting children and making them child soldiers. The LRA brainwashes children, desensitizing them

enough that they will kill each other and even their own family members. Sheldon Brown, a senior elementary education major and head of the UNC IC Committee, said the first Invisible Children film he saw changed his life and, after he graduates, he wants to become a roadie and spread awareness of the 17-year long war. “A single story can change the world,” Brown said. For more information about the UNC Invisible Children Committee, visit their Facebook page. For more information on Invisible Children, visit their website at

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Football’s season ends with controversial penalty PARKER COTTON

Patrick Walker stood in the end zone, ball in hand, with three seconds left on the clock. But a yellow flag stood between UNC and its first victory of the season.

Extra point pending, the senior wide receiver had just caught what would have been the winning touchdown against Portland State Saturday, but an illegal block called on teammate Dominic Gunn negated the score. University of Northern


UNC junior linebacker Cameron Friend (51) tackles Portland State junior tight end Kalua Noa in UNC’s loss Saturday. Friend led all players with 17 tackles.

Colorado sophomore quarterback Seth Lobato’s final pass to the end zone was batted away as time expired, securing Portland State’s 23-17 victory at Nottingham Field. “I was just watching Pat run,” Lobato said. “I didn’t even see the block. I just waited for the play to break down, and I rolled to my left. As I did, I saw Pat gaining separation from his guy, so I gave it a chance and he made a big play. But it (was) called right back. It’s tough to have it end like that.” Such is the story of UNC’s football season. The Bears (0-11, 0-8 Big Sky) were handed their first winless season since 1949, and the program is now 1574 since its last winning season in 2004. The senior day game seemed promising at the start, though, as UNC took an early lead on a 9-yard

rushing touchdown by junior running back John Burnley on the Bears’ first drive of the game. UNC recovered a muffed punt and a fumble in the first quarter and held a 7-0 lead until 56 seconds remained in the first half when the Vikings (7-3, 5-2) capped an 18-play, 98-yard drive with a touchdown to tie the game going into halftime. The Bears led 14-13 going into the fourth quarter after the Vikings hit two field goals sandwiched around a 12-yard touchdown from Gunn in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Portland State took a 1614 lead on another field goal and extended the score to 23-14 following a 74-yard Lobato interception returned for a touchdown with less than four minutes to play.

“First and foremost, it’s on me — the 74-yard interception,” UNC head coach Earnest Collins Jr. said. “I should have made us start running the ball because we were in field goal range and we had the wind, and I said, ‘We’ve got to be careful with the ball because we’re in field goal range,’ and I should have just made him run the ball.” The Bears drove down the field for a field goal on the next possession, forced a Portland State punt and again got in good field position. On 4th-and-5 from the Vikings’ 25, Gunn was called for an illegal block that took away Walker’s game-tying score. Of course, the extra point needed to be converted for the victory, but the Bears never got that chance. Collins chose not to discuss the penalty for fear of

saying something he’d regret, but he said the losses only get harder to handle. “It’s just kind of rough when you know your kids gave you everything they’ve got,” Collins said. “You know, they came down and should have won the game, and it didn’t happen. The only thing I can say is we’re going to feed off of this big time.” On a bright note, Walker caught nine passes for 126 yards, giving him the school record for most receptions in a season (84) and in a career (178). However, Walker said a win would have been sweeter. He also said he believes Collins will make the football program better in the coming years. “I really commend him,” Walker said of Collins. “I know that he is going to help the future team make strides and get better.”

Men’s basketball falls to New Mexico State in opener DAVID WILSON

Turnovers, excessive fouls and inconsistency plagued the UNC men’s basketball team Saturday against New Mexico State University as the University of Northern Colorado fell at home, 8975, in a rematch of last season’s ESPN BracketBusters game. The Bears (0-1) edged out the Aggies (1-0) 82-80 last season and came in holding a 3-1 all-time advantage. UNC outrebounded NMSU and committed 11 turnovers in the victory last season.

Saturday, however, New Mexico State flipped the script as it controlled the glass 41-27 and forced UNC into 20 turnovers. “We told our guys coming into the game that we can’t guard our bad shots and our turnovers,” Bears head coach B.J. Hill said. “We didn’t do a good job doing that tonight.” Despite the struggles against NMSU’s full-court pressure, the Bears shot 55 percent in the first half and had 10 different players score on the night. UNC was led by redshirt sophomore guard Tate Unruh and sophomore guard Paul Garnica with 15 and

14 points, respectively. UNC held a slim lead the majority of the half but 17 personal fouls caught up with it as NMSU capitalized on 16-of-25 free throw opportunities to send the two teams to the locker rooms tied at 41. “One of our goals is to make more free throws than our opponents shoot, and they flipped that on us tonight,” Unruh said. “We really felt confident at halftime that we were tied after losing the free-throw battle, after all our turnovers and after being outrebounded. But their pressure got to us in the second half and they made shots.” UNC started the second

half on a 9-2 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 50-43 but NMSU responded with an 8-0 run of its own and never looked back. NMSU scored 25 points during the final eight minutes and shot 60 percent in the second half to cruise to the win. Four Aggies scored in double-figures, led by sophomore guard Christian Kobongo, who tallied a game-high 20 points. The Bears have a quick turnaround as they travel north to face the University of Wyoming at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Garnica said he and his teammates are ready to avenge Saturday

night’s defeat. “In practice this week, we need to put pressure on each other so we can get strong with the ball,”

Garnica said. “We’re about to go be some dogs. We got our loss. Now we want to go get our win against Wyoming.”


UNC senior forward Mike Proctor (41) dribbles around NMSU junior forward Tyrone Watson in UNC’s loss Saturday. Proctor had four points in the game.

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Volleyball team secures top seed in tournament STAFF REPORT

After sweeping Idaho State and Weber State 3-0 on consecutive days this weekend, the UNC volleyball team earned at least a share of the Big Sky Conference regularseason championship. After senior libero Amanda Arterburn tied a career-high 22 digs for a three-set match, which propelled the University of Northern Colorado to a win

against Idaho State Friday in Pocatello, Idaho, UNC (19-8, 12-3 Big Sky) outplayed Weber State (3-24, 3-11) in every aspect of the match Saturday in Ogden, Utah, giving the Bears the right to host next year’s Big Sky Conference Championship. With a 25-16 final score in the first set, the Bears made strides to show why they deserve to be named Big Sky champions. The Bears hit at a .542 hitting percentage, compared to the Wildcats’ .259.

Junior outside hitter Kelley Arnold took control at the net with 12 kills and five block assists for a match-high 14.5 points. Matching Arnold’s kills was freshman middle blocker Andrea Spaustat, who also tallied four digs and a .360 hitting percentage. Both Arnold and Spaustat’s kills combined equaled the amount of kills Weber State’s top three hitters had. Freshman and sopho-

more outside hitters Tambre Haddock and Alyssa Wilson had the only two solo blocks for the Bears. The Bears defeated Weber State 25-20 in the final two games by cutting down on errors and taking advantage of the Wildcats’ mistakes. In the final two games, Weber State had six and 11 errors, respectively, compared to UNC’s four and eight. In the final match,

Weber State hit for a negative percentage, thanks in large part to two players hitting -.071 and -.600 percent. Arterburn had the Bears’ only serving ace and led the match with 15 digs. Arterburn’s 1.00 hitting percentage off of one kill in one attempt helped contribute to UNC’s .287 overall hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Breanna Williams had the second most digs for the

Bears with eight. The Bears control their own destiny against Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. Saturday in Flagstaff, Ariz., in the season finale. A win over the Lumberjacks will give UNC the outright championship, while a loss will result in a tie with Portland State. However, due to the Bears’ wins over the Vikings both away and at home, UNC will be first seed, win or lose, in the conference tournament, beginning Nov. 25 at Portland State.

Alumnus, student help feed Greeley through art project Paint, thousands of donated cans to be main media for public plaza piece AMANDA STOUTENBURGH A local artist and UNC alumnus and a current UNC student have the town stirring with another art project in an attempt to make sure every Greeley family is fed this Thanksgiving. Armando Silva, a 2010 alumnus of the University of Northern Colorado, and Tracy Labonville, a senior graphics design

major, are hosting canned food drives at local hotspots, such as the Weld County Garage, and downtown businesses located near the 9th Street Plaza as well as driving around town in a truck collecting donations through Nov. 19. Labonville said she and Silva are hoping to collect anywhere from 4,000 to 7,000 cans by Saturday. Silva and Labonville will use the cans to create a piece of art, which they will complete in the 9th

Street Plaza on Nov. 19. Following the project, the cans will be donated to the Weld Food Bank, just in time for Thanksgiving. Labonville said she has done a similar project but wanted to do something to benefit others. The UNC Athletic Department and Sky Nightclub are also helping the team with their project by creating a secondary space for the artwork at the nightclub in case of inclement weather. Silva said their plans

for the top of each can is to paint each one a specific color, like a pixel dot, which, when assembled, will create a large image. “We want to keep (the large image) a surprise,” Silva said. Labonville and Silva said they plan to assemble the artwork in one day. Silva said they will start at 10 a.m. on Nov. 19 and would like to create an event of the art assembly piece by possibly having a band perform to encourage people to watch them com-

plete the project. The entire process will also be filmed. Labonville and Silva’s art project is part of Downtown Greeley’s Cans Festival. The festival will be from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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