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Sports Volleyball opens Big Sky season The UNC volleyball team kicked off the season with two matches on the road. PAGE 7

News Combining class with recess UNC professor Michael Opitz publishes a book about children’s fitness and learning. PAGE 5

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UNC junior tight end Doug Steele (84) celebrates junior quarterback Dylan Orms’ touchdown run in the Bears 35-21 win Saturday.

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Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Plazas’ party gives businesses exposure Downtown Development Authority hosts evening of entertainment for city AMANDA STOUTENBURGH

An atmosphere of revelry surrounded the downtown area Friday during Party on the Plazas, an event used to build connections between Greeley businesses and UNC students. Sassy Bagz, The Jager, Tropical Sno and other businesses set up booths and signage to advertise their wares around the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Eighth Street. The Heyday and Boxcar Children, two local bands, played sets at the event. “This is the first year this has

happened,” said Heather James, the promotional team chairwoman for Downtown Development Authority and a volunteer for Party on the Plazas. James said the event was sponsored by College Town Heroes, an organization of student representatives that works with the DDA. Representatives from The College Town Heroes said their goal is to turn a town with a college in it into a college town. The DDA also works closely with The Crew Presents, a promotions group that hosts the annual Block Party at the begin-

ning of the school year. A sponsorship packet for the event was sent out to businesses and heads of student organizations in July. “We want people to stay in Greeley on the weekends,” said Sarah Flanagan, a senior communication major. “One word of advice to people at UNC is to get involved and start going to things.” Some students from the University of Northern Colorado who attended the event said they enjoyed the festivities. “The music is fantastic, and it’s great to be able to meet bands like The Heyday and get a chance to talk with them,” said

Katrina Lucas, a freshman psychology major. “The food tantalizes the taste buds (…) and my friends and I found a cute bag shop that we never knew existed before coming to this event.” Students said the event was successful in involving students

with the surrounding businesses. “Having local businesses involved helped give the event a community atmosphere,” said Austin Seeley, an undeclared freshman. “This event embodies the college town spirit that Greeley needs more of.”


Justin Roberts, the guitarist and singer for The Mouse and The Marrow, performs Friday in downtown Greeley for Party on the Plazas. The performance was one of many from local bands featured at the event.




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UNC sees enrollment increase despite bad economy As the American dollar marinates in the global economy’s toilet, we’ve witnessed countless national- and state-funded institutions experience varying drops in financial support — most notably, the backing of higher education. For the past few years, colleges and universities across the country have relentlessly struggled to maintain their state dollars in an attempt to continue their standard production. But just like war and the Twilight saga, recessions eventually reach every doorstep — forcing people to find ways to deal with life’s harsh realities with the least amount of pain. For many higher education institutions,

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This semester, overall enrollment at UNC is 12,358 students. Undergraduate enrollment increased by 1 percent to 10,097, and graduate enrollment is up by 4 percent to 2,261. Furthermore, these numbers also indicate that of the 2,247 freshmen on campus, 28 percent self-identify with an ethnic minority group and 38 percent are first-generation. This is terrific news for the campus community, which (through passion and hard work) has defied odds and reversed a trend that seems to plague other universities. We’re thankful for UNC’s commitment to higher education, and we’re confident it will continue into the future.

Why I can’t wait for fall, brown grass to get here already Jessica GATES

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recruitment tactics, boosting the school’s marketing methods and providing innovative programs are just some of the many strategies schools like UNC have utilized to ensure their commitment to higher education continues. And this semester, it seems as if those efforts have paid off. Earlier this month, the University of Northern Colorado released its fall 2010 enrollment figures, which indicated a 2-percent overall increase. This news is much-welcomed not only because we’re in one of the country’s worst economic climates, but also because UNC has experienced strong drops in enrollment within the last few years.

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this meant cutting resources, eliminating jobs, delaying construction projects and, perhaps most controversial, increasing tuition. Though such decisions were difficult, administrators implemented the changes in the hope of keeping their institutions above water until the skies cleared. Until that happens, however, many schools have increased their recruitment and retention endeavors in an effort to keep one of their biggest sources of revenue: tuition. Once a university experiences a decline in enrollment, especially during harsh financial times, it becomes clear that even more changes have to be made. Exploring alternative


sprinklers. Allow me to explain. According to Webster, a bikeway is a path, lane or route set aside for bicyclists. Naturally, it follows that a sidewalk is defined as a path for pedestrians. Several years ago, our university deemed it necessary to construct a bikeway on campus for the evergrowing population of bike riders, skateboarders and longboarders. Somewhere along the way, the student population must have got-

ten confused about the strip of concrete winding through campus. This confusion has evidenced itself in certain spots along the bikeway becoming clogged with pedestrians. Apparently, the newer generations of students haven’t grown any smarter as the application of the definition of a bikeway continues to remain a mystery. In addition, the recent phenomena of texting has rendered many incapable of multitasking — much less being aware of where their steps might take them. This has been known to result in injury for both pedestrians and those on wheels As a biker, it is infuriating to constantly apologize for being in the way or for nearly grazing someone on my downhill pursuit. Since when did it become my fault, when I am the one adhering to the rules and commuting on

my designated path? But in addition to having to deal with dodging the slower species of walkers, there is also the challenge of staying dry. It has come to my attention that the campus-wide sprinkler system is vastly lacking any sense of direction or order. At any given time of day, the sprinkler gods may deem it more important for the concrete to be watered than the nearby grass. With so much astray watering going on, it really is a wonder the campus grounds continue to be so lushly green. It is equally wondrous that these difficult economic times allow for such questionable watering practices. This askew, unpredictable watering pattern has forced me to erratically pave paths through parts of campus where I’m pretty certain paths were never meant to

be paved. This leads me to the reason of my excitement for the fall season to finally be upon us. As the temperature drops, so will the number of hopeless pedestrians as they scramble to their cars for warmth and transportation. And that lovely green grass will finally start to brown and shrivel, resulting in less use of the ineffective sprinkling system. Unless the sprinkler gods see it fit to continue watering the concrete. Therefore, fall equates a much smoother ride for me and all my fellow bikers. Until then, good luck, and maybe one day our hopes for a smarter generation of college pedestrians and water-sprinklers will come true. — Jessica Gates is a senior journalism major and a reporter for The Mirror.


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Society aims to educate students about law, criminal studies SARA VAN CLEVE

Although a degree may qualify someone for a job, professional networking and real-life expe-

rience is just as important when it comes to building a solid resume and preparing a career. The Criminal Justice Society is an on-campus organization that strives to help students



enhance their professional network and provide them with a variety of criminal justice scenarios to learn from. Alan Price, the program director for the Southern Institute of Forensic Science and a professor of criminal justice at UNC, is the faculty adviser for the society. “As an on-campus organization, we have three goals,� Price said. “Our first goal is to provide students with an awareness of career opportunities. Second, we are strong supporters of different projects in the community. Our third goal is to provide students (with) an opportunity to have a network base and promote networking agencies.� The Criminal Justice Society hosts special guest speakers, different presentations on criminal justice sciences, and takes trips to crime labs and penitentiaries. Several members of the CJS

Our first goal is to provide students with an awareness of career opportunities. Second, we are strong supporters of different projects in the community. Our third goal is to provide students (with) an opportunity to have a network base and promote networking agencies.


— Alan Price, the CJS faculty adviser will work with Habitat for Humanity in the near future. The society has also worked with The Children’s Place and The United Way. The society also provides information on scholarships.


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Active members of the club can apply for the annual Walt Frances Scholarship and two scholarships offered by the Lisa Marie Kimmell Memorial Scholarship fund. Scholarships are only available to criminal justice majors who are active members of the society. However, Price said the society is open to everyone, not just criminal justice majors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a very diverse student enrollment, from psychology to sociology to criminal justice,â&#x20AC;? Price said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a whole host of different majors.â&#x20AC;? Eric Van Holbeck and Matthew Butcher, both sophomore criminal justice majors, recently joined the CJS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I joined because they have activities and can provide help with classes, as well as providing some scholarships,â&#x20AC;? Butcher said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to going paintballing, too.â&#x20AC;? Van Holbeck said he joined because he wants to further his criminal justice education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to presentations from many of the departments of the justice system,â&#x20AC;? Van Holbeck said. The Criminal Justice Society meets at 6:30 p.m. every other Tuesday in Candelaria Hall. The next meeting will be tomorrow.


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Professor publishes childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development book JESSICA GATES

Because of increased state pressure to raise test scores, elementary schools across the nation have eliminated recess and increased class time. This push gave Michael Opitz, a UNC professor of reading and author, the impetus to create an innovative teaching tool in his most recently published book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Literacy Lessons to Help Kids Get Fit & Healthy.â&#x20AC;? According to its description, the book combines literacy lessons with fitness exercises in a format every elementary school teacher can use in the classroom. Opitz said he researched extensively for his book, which was published last month, and found a study that indicated children who are given recess breaks outperform others on reading tests. In his book, Opitz introduces the new concept of â&#x20AC;&#x153;FitLit,â&#x20AC;? which is described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a new way to connect fitness and literacy.â&#x20AC;? Opitz said the focus of his book was classroom physical activities. He said he wanted to study what

activities teachers could implement in the classroom that would impact a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic achievement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to do more than just have the kids bounce around the classroom,â&#x20AC;? Optiz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Michael Opitz trying to do said the intention in the book is of his book is to to show kids eradicate stereothat they types in the need to take classroom. control of their health.â&#x20AC;? Opitz said the book teaches optimal wellness methods, as well as thinking and reading critically as cornerstones of education. He said the same thought processes involved in both activities and critical literacy is at the center of cognition. But more than just giving edu-

cators a tool to incorporate fitness in their classrooms and reveal the connections between reading and fitness, Opitz said his book has another key element that is an important lesson for everyone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another real mission I have with this book is to try to get rid of that false dichotomy that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re either a jock or a brain,â&#x20AC;? Opitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of times, kids who are perceived as an athlete, they might love academics, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re afraid to show it to anybody for fear of being ridiculed. We need to get rid of this notion that because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an athlete, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think. Cognition is at the center of everything we do.â&#x20AC;? Optiz said the advice he would give to education majors to incorporate more fitness into their classrooms is to, first, be aware and then act on what they know. He said his book helps teachers become cognizant of what they can do in the classroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be mindful of some of these strategies that are in this book and

(â&#x20AC;Ś) think about fitness in the broader sense â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just physical; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nutritional, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the social and the emotional,â&#x20AC;? Opitz said. Opitz said one of his favorite parts of writing this book was having the time and opportunity to cross a lot of different fields of study. He said he was able to broaden his research subjects beyond staying in the reading research related literature. As a writer, Opitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion is

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A lot of times, kids who are perceived as an athlete, they might love academics, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re afraid to show it to anybody for fear of being ridiculed. We need to get rid of this notion that because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an athlete, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think. Cognition is at the center of everything we do.

evident from the 15 books he has written, with three more in the works. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like the only time we write is if we have something to say and if we enjoy the process, and I guess I like both of those,â&#x20AC;? Opitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been so fortunate to be able to write about topics that really matter to me.â&#x20AC;? To purchase Opitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent book on â&#x20AC;&#x153;FitLit,â&#x20AC;? visit the Barnes & Noble in the University Center.


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Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Quarterback leads Bears to first Big Sky win Football team gets second home victory of season, 35-21, over Idaho State on Saturday JORDAN FREEMYER

Nottingham Field may again be an unpleasant place for opponents to visit, as it was when it opened 15 years ago. The University of Northern Colorado (2-1, 1-1) got its third win in its last four home games dating back to last season with a 35-21 win over Idaho State on Saturday. The UNC offense, which now averages 45.3 points per game, was led by junior quarterback Dylan Orms. Orms was 18-of-24 through the air for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He also gained 58 gross rushing yards and two touchdowns, but lost 53 yards on sacks. “This is definitely something I’ve been waiting to do,” Orms said. “To come out and put the

team on my back and lead us down the field and lead us to a victory.” The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Bears, as Idaho State (1-2, 0-1) junior Tavoy Moore took the opening kickoff back 91 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bengals an early lead. “Tavoy Moore might be the best kickoff, punt returner that we’ll ever see,” UNC head coach Scott Downing said. “He’s just tremendously gifted.” The Bears responded with a 13-play, 64-yard drive that took almost seven minutes off the clock and was completed by a 1yard touchdown run by senior running back Andre Harris on fourth-and-goal. “I just went over to the huddle and said, ‘We have to respond,’” Orms said. Harris, who was leading the


UNC junior quarterback Dylan Orms drops back to pass late in the game against Idaho State. Orms accounted for four touchdowns against the Bengals, two passing and two on the ground.

Big Sky Conference in rushing coming in to Saturday’s game, had just 5 yards on five carries before spraining his ankle in the first half. That left the workload on the ground to senior running back Jhamele Robinson, who carried the ball 27 times for 89 yards. “You’ve always got to be ready to handle adversity like that,” Robinson said. “I was ready to step it up.” With ISU holding a 14-7 lead, UNC senior linebacker Matt King picked off a pass from ISU quarterback Kyle Morris, setting up the Bears in ISU territory. “We all kind of had a bad taste in our mouth after last week,” King said. “The best way to purge that was to come out here and get a big win.” The Bears’ offense was able to take advantage of the good field position, tying the game on Orms’ 4-yard touchdown run. The teams went into halftime tied at 14. Orms engineered another touchdown drive to open the second half, thanks in part to an offside penalty against ISU on a missed field goal. The drive was capped by a spectacular play by Orms, who, scrambling out of the pocket, threw on the run to junior wide receiver Patrick Walker in the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown, giving the Bears their first lead at 21-14. “He brings an added dimension with his elusiveness when he gets out on the edge; and certainly, that’s a plus to our offense,” Downing said. The Bengals threatened late in the third quarter, but UNC senior


UNC senior running back Jhamele Robinson runs past Idaho State defenders in the Bears’ 35-21 win on Saturday. Robinson had 89 yards rushing on 27 carries in the game. safety Max Hewitt recovered the fumble of ISU running back Corey White at the Bears’ 13-yard line. “We made key plays when we had to have them,” Downing said about the defense. The UNC offense again took advantage of the turnover, as Orms threw his second touchdown pass of game, a 26-yard toss down the sideline to sophomore wide receiver Jace Davis. Davis had eight catches for 98 yards in the game. UNC was forced to punt on its next drive and Moore came into play again, taking the punt 81 yards for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 28-21. ISU was threatening on its next possession, driving to the UNC 38yard line, but UNC senior linebacker John Eddy sacked Bengals quarterback Russel Hill on third-

and-8, forcing a punt. “John’s always a pretty reliable guy to have on the edge,” King said. Eddy was also a big factor in stopping ISU’s last gasp play, a fourth-and-8 from its own 3-yard line. He leaped over an ISU running back, putting pressure on Hill and forcing an incompletion that gave the ball back to UNC. The Bears then sealed the game with Orms’ 1-yard touchdown run. UNC will now step out of Big Sky play to take on Football Bowl Subdivision foe Michigan State at 10 a.m. Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. “You always have some things to work on, but I’m pleased we got a win,” Downing said. “I’m pleased it got us our first Big Sky win of the year, and now we move on.”

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Volleyball gets two conference wins Bears defeat Weber State, Idaho State on road to kick off Big Sky play STAFF REPORT

The UNC womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team started Big Sky Conference play this past weekend in fine fashion. Coming off a loss to Wyoming that ended a ninematch winning streak, the University of Northern Colorado (11-3, 2-0) traveled to Ogden, Utah on Friday and got a brilliant team effort in a 3-1 win over Weber State (2-11, 0-2). Junior outside hitter Breanna Williams had 10 kills on the night to go with an impressive .471 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Kelley Arnold and senior outside hitter Ashley Lichtenberg added 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Junior setter Natalie Laband continued to impress in her time filling in for sophomore setter Marissa Hughes, as she recorded a career-high 42 assists. Junior defender Amanda Arterburn also chipped in 15 digs in the match. With the win, UNC improved its overall record against the Wildcats to 13-4, and also

improved to 4-1 in Big Sky Conference openers. On Saturday, Idaho State (84, 1-1) took the Bears to the limit, but UNC squeaked out a welldeserved 32 victory. U N C Ashley Lichtenberg lost the first led UNC to a fivetwo games set win over Idaho of the State with a teammatch, but high 28 kills. r a l l i e d back, thanks in large part to the performance that Lichtenberg put up. Not only did she have 28 kills, but included a .533 hitting percentage. The 28 kills are just two shy of Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team-high for kills in a match this year with 30, which Arnold accomplished in a win over Cal StateNorthridge on Aug. 28. Arnold recorded 20 kills against the Bengals to go with senior outside hitter Julie Stephensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second doubledouble of the year of 11 kills and 14 digs. Laband had another strong outing as she set another career high in assists

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Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Football games see rise in student attendance CHARLIE CHARBONNEAU

The UNC football team improved its record to 2-1 Saturday after a victory over the Idaho State Bengals. From the student section on the east side of Nottingham field, it is obvious the football team is not the only thing improving this fall. “I’ve been going to football games for three years now, and

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there are way more people at games than there used to be,” junior sport and exercise science major Aaron Ontiveros said. “People used to leave at halftime of games, if they even showed up at all. It’s different now.” In the 2008 season, the University of Northern Colorado won only one game. A year ago, the Bears only managed three victories. After winning two of its first three games this season, there’s

more buzz around campus about football at UNC than in past years. “Before I got to UNC, people told me that the football team was awful and the games were no fun,” freshman business major Thomas Currington said. “I’ve been to both home games this year, and they’re a lot of fun. The team is doing really well, too.” Some students said the football games used to be an excuse to go out and drink with friends, but now students are going for

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I’ve been to both home games this year, and they’re a lot of fun. The team is doing really well too. — Freshman business major Thomas Currington the activity on the field rather than off it. “This season, the student section is always full. The fans all come to watch the entire game and even the band and cheerleaders are more into it,” Ontiveros said. “Football at UNC is changing into something that people actu-

ally stay here on the weekends to go watch.” The Bears’ fans aren’t the only ones taking notice in the increase of fans at games. “That’s definitely something we want to do is bring this community together and show the fans that we have something to be proud of,” junior quarterback Dylan Orms said. With the football team continuing to produce results on the field, students said they will continue to support the team from off the field, as well. “If the team keeps playing well, I’ll be at every game,” Currington said. “Even if we don’t win every game, the team is exciting to watch week after week.”

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Members of the UNC football team celebrate their 35-21 conference victory over Idaho State by singing the school fight song with members of the student section at Nottingham Field.

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