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By: Marley Weaver-Gabel, Editor in Chief
On Wednesday, November 14, Romero House welcomed students and friends into their home for a hospitality night titled Freedom of Speech, Hate Speech & Crimes. Dr. Rob Margesson joined the group as the guest speaker for the evening to guide discussion and provoke thought and commentary throughout the night.
The night started out with a delicious meal of traditional ethiopian cuisine, cooked by three of the Romero House residents. As guests arrived in pairs or alone, friends greeted each other and sat together to share a meal. After getting hands deep into spicy lentils and well prepared potatoes, the group of roughly 15 students hushed themselves and started discussion.
Dr. Margesson started the discussion by sharing the theory of the marketplace of ideas, which proposes that the only way to understand the truth and the good, we must come into confrontation with the false and the bad. This theory also explains that in order to engage in critical inquiry, we must have access to an abundance of ideas, including those which we may find wholly repugnant. So if we believe in this marketplace of ideas, does hate speech aid in the search for truth?
This was the question that students engaged in throughout the night with thoughtful commentary and inquiry. In discussion, the conversation touched on topics regarding the meaning of truth, the role of the oppressed, and the invitation of hate speech on to college campuses.
“Truth is not only known, but it is felt too,” comments Veronica Postit. With this comment, students faced what the truth is and how it can be defined, either as subjective or objective. There is no clear cut answer of the truth, which is one of the reasons it becomes so important that we are participants in the marketplace of ideas. The free sharing of ideology creates a space to understand truths that can be subjective to each individual.
Through the evening, the conversation transitioned towards the question of obligation. Nick Aranda asks, “Who carries the obligation of understanding the others truth?” The question guided students to reflect about the roles of the oppressor fighting for their own humanity. If not the oppressed, than who will stand up? Does it then inherently become the marginalized to confront the oppressors? While this is a compelling argument, Isaiah Pramuk suggests, “It can really hurt us if we push too far into it.” In many ways, there is a certain level of self care that we must consider when confronting discrimination. Context matters and each person can only do their best, based on their abilities in the moment.
Another large theme addressed the invitation of hate speech into our spaces. Considering the marketplace of ideas, one could say that inviting hate speech into our spaces is a necessary evil to be able to confront those volatile ideologies. Students were hesitant to embrace this idea, instead cautioning that these ideas could become more polarizing and for those who are under informed, it could become their truth.
Leaving Romero House, I had more questions than I came with and more thoughts that I continue to organize. In this safe, comfortable space, with well educated and thoughtful young justice seekers, I found myself comforted by this community. This conversation did not address specific actions, nor did it address our multitude of grievances in response to the hate that has infiltrated our school. Instead, it brought together truth seekers and gave us a space to not react with hate, but react with thoughtfulness in the face of those statements we fundamentally disagree with. THIS is what it means to me to be part of a social justice university.
By: Sally Andarge, Social Media Editor
On November 9, Regis hosted a Hate Crimes Community forum in Claver Hall, room 315. Guest speakers at the forum included a panel of law enforcement officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and the Denver Police Department.
Tensions across our campus are high given the recent white supremacist notes that found their way around campus and the March Against Hate to rise against them. In a moment like this, question of hate crimes are inevitable.The forum was timely following the acts of extreme hate that have occurred on our campus in the past two weeks, impacting community members on and off campus.
The forum kicked off with a few words from Father Fitzgibbons. He called the Regis community to put political difference aside in order to eradicate hate and recognize one another for who we really are.
After his speech, Father Fitzgibbons called the Assistant District Attorney of Denver to give a quick introduction to the history of hate crime law and what exactly constitute a hate crime.
He started by explaining to the audience that there are a series of federally protected classes. Those classes are race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, and ability. Luckily, Colorado is one of the few states that considers sexual orientation a protected class even though federal law does not. Colorado added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes in 2009.
He then moved on to what constitutes a hate crime. He explained that criminal acts are usually deemed hate crimes when there is evidence of hateful ideology. The example that he gave was the Charleston church shooting, where 21-year-old white supremacist, Dylann Roof, killed nine African American church goers during a prayer service. He explained that it wasn’t deemed a hate crime just because all of the victims were people of color, the evidence that made it a hate crime were his personal journal and social media posts where he had openly racist and white supremacist statements. This allowed them to link his targeted attack on people of color to white supremacist ideology.
It is so unfortunate that in 2018 we still consistently see hate crimes and hate speech. In a time where we find so much progress, alarming events like these still shock us to the reality of deeply founded fear and hate. When faced with these acts as a community, it is critical we understand the law and protections against hate. These events are not isolated to just our campus, in fact, in 2015 there were 107 hate crimes that took place in Colorado alone. We hope that as a community (and eventually as a society) that we will be able to overcome hate.
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By: Frances Meng-Frecker, Head Photographer
The six-member Regis professor/faculty band includes Alyse Knorr, David Hicks, and Scott Dimovitz from the English department, Don Bush from the Accounting department, Allison Peters from the Office of the First-Year Experience, and Alex Benedict the Senior Instructional Technologist. They performed in Walker’s Pub on Friday November 2and filled the student center. Students, families, and Regis faculty and staff enjoyed the two-hour concert, danced, and sang along with the band. The Plagiarists played songs from David Bowie to Amy Winehouse to Elvis Presley and many more. It was a joy to watch them perform and do something they love. Everyone had fun and I know for a fact that I am looking forward to their next concert, and I am certain that other people are too.
By: Rose Ferrie, Staff Reporter
For those of you who didn’t know, this past week was Social Justice Week; there were many events pertaining to issues like feminism, anti-hate speech and sustainability. I attended an event regarding police brutality and Black Lives Matter. The Colin Kaepernick talk was a forum to open up the discussion about Black Lives Matter and police brutality, the criminalization of black men and men of color, and what Colin’s actions did for them.
I got to talk to Awah Tilong, the President of BSA, and a few of their members before the conversation to see what their goals were for this event. She said she wanted this to be a space for a productive conversation, for people to speak their truth, and be comfortable to disagree. Minds were not going to be changed in one conversation, maybe not ever, but this was a place to educate and increase apathy.
Once people had settled in, Damien Thompson, faculty advisor of BSA and professor here at Regis, set some ground rules for the night. This was a safe space, speak from the heart without judgement, listen from the heart with no need to agree, don’t rehearse your argument truly listen, be mindful of everyone and let all have a turn to speak.
This program was broken into 3 sections: “speed dating” (fast two person conversations), small group discussion, and a big group discussion. Talking one-on-one with people and asking how they felt about the Kaepernick situation was eye opening. One idea stuck with me and I have continued to ponder it: Did Kaepernick’s kneeling controversy end up distracting people from his initial purpose of raising awareness for police brutality against Black people? He may have had good intentions but his act of kneeling was twisted into a sign disrespect to America and its troops, his purpose was often lost in the media. He was able to disturb millions of Americans weekly Sunday rituals of watching Sunday football, he rocked that boat and started a conversation, just maybe not the one he was hoping for.
The conclusion of the night was that the criminalization of Black boys and men is a serious issue and Colin Kaepernick leveraged his social positioning to make a statement by kneeling during our national anthem. This situation was ostracized from being a peaceful protest for police brutality to disrespecting America and American troops. We are so patriotic that we disregard the racism right in front of us. Racism is rampant and blatantly so in the acts of brutality that affect African American men and boys as well as other men and boys of color. I do not wish to change anyone’s feelings about this situation, the goal of this conversation was not to prove a right or wrong but to get to the root issue: not every American is equal. The importance of what Kaepernick did and what this talk concluded with is that we need to address the attack on boys and men of color. They are being killed because of what they look like by people who should be protecting them. They are Americans and we need to live up to “liberty and justice for all”.
By: Catie Cheshire, Co-Editor in Chief
As part of social justice week, students who attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) in Washington D.C. November 3-5 shared reflections on their experience and plans for future action in an event called “IFTJ, Action, and Healing.” Not everyone who went on the trip participated in the event, but it began with those who did (Natalie Nielsen, Anahi Ramos, Ethan Strouse, Amelia Rouyer, and Kate Penick) sharing memorable moments are lessons learned.
The conference is two days of breakout speakers and advocacy training with a focus on the Jesuit values that can influence how we discuss policy with our elected representatives. The final day of the conference is devoted to meeting with policy aides on the hill and using the advocacy skills learned at the conference. The theme of this year’s conference was Discipleship at the Crossroads.
“The community of Jesuit schools was impressive to me,” Penick said. “The common background we all come from was special throughout the weekend.” Strouse seconded her thoughts with a comedic story about the “mass Mass” that took place Sunday evening on the second day of the conference. That many people from Jesuit educational backgrounds coming together is something unique about ITFJ that Regis students felt defined the conference.
Despite the fact that every breakout session or keynote relates social justice issues back to Jesuit values, Ramos stressed the variety of topics available for conference-goers to pick from. Ramos has gone to IFTJ twice now, and said that this time around she was able to learn about different subjects than she had before. She also stressed that advocacy isn’t nearly as intimidating as she thought.
“The nerves disappear once you’re in the conversation and can share your stories and views and be heard by people who have a say,” Ramos said. For Nielsen, who has attended IFTJ three times and was the student leader of the trip this year, her growth within advocacy from year one to year three of IFTJ has encouraged her to consider a career in politics after she graduates from Regis.
Nielsen used her third year as a chance to learn from others. She expressed that, for her, a lot of the experience was listening to what others are doing and trying to figure out how to bring that back to Regis.
For that reason, the second half of the event focused on actions. The participants shared DOs and DON’Ts for advocacy, and introduced a new event that will take place at Regis in the Spring: Advocacy Day. During Anti-Oppression Week one day will involved Regis students lobbying on Capitol Hill here in Denver.
The other action was participants at the even writing letters to Casa de Paz, an organization that provides support for people whose family members are detained or are coming out of detention centers. Casa de Paz is a local organization that has helped over 1,000 families and counting. The letters were written to express solidarity for people unjustly held in detention and will be delivered to families soon.
By: Catie Cheshire, Staff Reporter
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By: Mary Wetterer, Staff Reporter
This week one of the books I read was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Of course I had to reread it for the umpteenth time and needless to say, it’s still a wonderful read. From the catchy repetition of “no mourners, no funerals” to the incredibly complex character development (which, in case you were wondering, only gets more complex in the sequel, Crooked Kingdom), this book has something for everyone.
Let’s introduce the crows, shall we. Let’s start with the description on the back of the book:
“A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist.”
Kaz Brekker. “A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.” Bastard of the Barrel. Dirty Hands. The man who is whispered about like a spindle-fingered monster that hides under children’s beds. Does he have claws for hands or are they perpetually covered in blood? No one knows, he always wears gloves. But he certainly has his hands dirty, and that’s something everyone knows. (and I have a charm of him hanging from my purse!)
Inej Ghafa. “A spy known as the Wraith.” Inej is the moral compass of the crows, or Dregs as they’re known by mostly, she has an amazing personality that is unique and inspiring. She is who we all should strive to be. (I have a picture of her hanging on my wall!)
Nina Zenik. “A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.” And the perfect introduction to the amazing magic system of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse! She is a pure and utter icon. That’s it. She’s amazing. Read the book. If you read it while eating waffles Nina would approve.
Jesper Fahey. “A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.” He is such an icon, also. He’s a gambler but it’s not treated as a “wow how cute and quirky” it’s treated like an actual problem and gets dealt with accordingly. His personality is fun and flighty and overall he’s someone I’d love to be friends with.
Wylan (last name not included for spoiler reasons). “A runaway with a privileged past.” The cute soft boy who is also a complete murder boy. Described by Kaz as someone who "looked like a child—smooth-skinned, wide-eyed, like a silk-eared puppy in a room full of fighting dogs." When I first read the book I ate that description up, and I still love it.
Matthias Helvar. “A convict with a thirst for revenge.” He is a very interesting character, one of the most complex yet entirely simplistic characters I’ve ever read about. His story arc mainly consists of him overcoming his prejudices and coming to terms with who he’s become. Even though Inej is the actual moral compass, Matthias likes to think of himself as the moral compass.
With the combination of these six developed characters and the rich world of the Grishaverse, this book is simultaneously character and world driven. But wait there’s more! It’s also plot driven! For the first chunk of the book, Kaz is gathering his team to take on the previously quoted “impossible heist.” Why, you may ask, is he doing this? Money, of course. If you need to know one thing about Kaz it’s that he loves money. There’s a bit of Kaz in all of us, I think. Especially with the overbearing college debts. The world is well-developed and begging to be explored. If you enjoy complex worlds and characters with intense backstories.
Bardugo gave her characters believable traits that made them feel real, thus further immersing the reader into the story and giving them the opportunity to connect with the characters. I never want to leave this world and these characters have affected my life in many ways.
For example, throughout this duology the inclusion of mental illness is not cast in a negative light as it often is. Within our society, there is demonization, over-exaggeration, and even fetishization of mental illnesses, especially within movies and media. However, Bardugo crafts realistic characters that go through realistic symptoms of trauma. The fact that, even while most of them are killers, Bardugo never fell back on the classic “mental illness is just like that, man” attitude. This should be something regularly practiced in society but the fact that it is not causes me to give fantasy authors that do this All The Props.
Six of Crows gets twenty out of ten flowers. And Crooked Kingdom (which I have also read multiple times) gets a preemptive infinity out of ten flowers.
By: Thomas Jones, Staff Reporter
In room 333 of Main Hall on Wednesday September 5, Regis University, in conjunction with MIG Inc, held an open house where they unveiled their ambitious expansion plans for Regis University and talked about what the next 20 years for Regis may look like.
By: Jack Shannon, Staff Reporter
As of midnight the night of November 6, the 2018 Midterm Elections are settled, and the political stage of the United States has set for the next two years. From the looks of things, it was somewhat of a disappointing night for both parties; the much-vaunted “Blue Wave” of the Democrats failed to materialize on a scale even remotely comparable to the overwhelming victory that had been endlessly prophesied on social media sites throughout the last year, and the GOP managed to lose their once comfortable grip on the House as dems took over 26 house seats in one single blow. This is a fairly big hit to the Republicans, as it means that many of the party’s big legislative goals (the border wall, for example) will likely be relegated to the backburner semi-permanently, because the bill could never make it through a dem majority legislature, andbecause the House and the Senate will be too busy trapping each other in endless political deadlock to do literally anything else. It’ll be just like old times!
While the loss of the House was indeed a loss to the GOP, they did manage to walk away from tonight still in firm control of both the Senate and a solid majority of the governorships that had been contested, preventing the Democrats from playing a larger role in the coming flurry of redistricting that will proceed the 2020 election, which will certainly be one of the most interesting of our lifetimes.
Speaking of interesting elections, there was one incident tonight I feel obligated to mention; a standoff in Florida about halfway through the night that lasted nearly an hour by my count,with both candidates sitting at exactly48.9% of the vote. It only came to an end when, in the onlydisplay of good sportsmanship anyone’s ever seen from a politician, one of the candidates chose to concede the election to his rival, who had, in fact, gotten just a few more votes then he had.
Overall, I feel that neither party succeeded nearly as much as they had hoped to, but the Democratic triumph of the House will virtually guarantee that the next two years are interesting, if nothing else.
By: Kaitlin Wells, Staff Reporter
Living in the dorms is a familiar part of the college experience. While there are many pluses to living in a dorm, they are also a place in which germs and sickness can easily be spread. According to Princeton University Health Services, colds and influenza are the most common illnesses among college students. Fear not! Even though you are living in the dorms, there are many ways in which you can help keep yourself healthy.
There are many well-known ways in which to avoid illness, one of the most common is vaccinations. The CDC states that flu shots reduce the risk of infection from 40%-60%. Receiving a flu shot is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent the flu. This can not only keep you from getting sick, but also prevent the sickness from spreading to other students.
Although flu shots are the most effective, there are other ways to stay healthy in the dorms. Ways to keep your immune system strong include drinking lots of water, getting lots of vitamin C, and getting plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep weakens the immune system, making students more susceptible to illness. Washing your hands, eating healthy and exercising will also keep you safe during flu season.
Being healthy plays a critical role in your learning. Living in the dorms can make you more vulnerable to illness. Take precautions to keep your body healthy and the people around you healthy. Don’t let the flu get in the way of your education!
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By: Sally Andarge, Social Media Editor
On Thursday, November 1, the Regis community was shocked by white supremacist signage posted around campus. Students reported finding “It’s OK to be white” signs posted on every building on campus. Word spread quickly when students started posting pictures of the signs on social media, notifying their fellow students about the signs, and tearing down signs all over campus.
Although this unfortunate event caused a lot of shock and feelings of vulnerability and discomfort, especially for students of color on campus, this is nothing new. The “It’s OK to be white” movement started online in 2017. It was allegedly started so that society’s response to the slogan would push right leaning moderates to the “far-right”. Signs and stickers with the phrase “It’s OK to be white” were posted along streets and on campuses across the U.S.
A few days prior to the incident on Regis’ campus, the same signs were found at the University of Vermont and Champlain College. UVM responded by removing the signage as quickly as possible and released a statement saying they would not support such activity that bolstered white nationalism.
As you may have suspected, the response was quite similar here on Regis’ campus. Many students were uneasy at the open display of white nationalism taking place on campus, so a few students joined Father Fitzgibbons at a lunch time dialogue hosted and organized by Dr. Nicki Gonzales and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The students voiced their concerns about the signs and the lack of attention given to issues surrounding race in the current political climate.
Students say that Father President was receptive and wanted to be tactical about how he addressed such issues. Three hours later the student body received and email from the Office of the President. The subject line read, “Call to Reject Hate on our Campus” and was signed by Dr. Nicki Gonzales, Dean Patrick Romero-Aldaz, and RUSGA Student Body President Enrico Gomez.
The email expressed that although Regis as an institution stands by freedom of speech and the free exchange of ideas, they would not “tolerate the use of this principle as a vehicle for hate.”
We hope to see future activism that doesn’t cross the line between free speech and hate speech.
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