The Musical Journey of Jewish Music by Sémplice

By: Kamil Wojciak, Staff Writer

Sémplice, a group of musicians, performed six centuries worth of music (that ranges from the Renaissance to contemporary times) by Jewish composers. This performance was on February 27th, started at 7:30 PM, and was located at the Claver Recital Hall.

The main aspect of this performance was to show the audience the history of the Jewish music that we have today. After the round of introductions of the group members, they started with songs from the Renaissance era. The musical pieces played for the Renaissance era were composed between the 1400s and the 1600s. One famous composer from this period whose pieces were played was Thomas Lupo (“The Elder”), a violinist and musician for the King of England from 1603 to 1627. Thomas Lupo is important because he highly contributed to the growth of fantasias (musical compositions that rely on improvisation) and gave more recognition to the viol (a bow stringed instrument similar to the cello). The main instruments Sémplice played for the Renaissance era were the recorder, violin, lute, and cello.

After playing pieces from the Renaissance era, they immediately transitioned to the Baroque era; the era that is chronologically after the Renaissance era which began around  the 1600s and lasted until the mid 1700s. The first song played by Sémplice for the Baroque era was by Abraham Caceres (Casseres), a Jewish Dutch composer known for most of his works found in the early 1700s. During this era, the music of Jewish culture greatly expanded and evolved with the implementation of trio sonatas and the newer technology that accompanied music. For the trio sonatas played by Sémplice, the recorder and violin played the contrasting melodies, and the lute and cello played the bassline and harmonies for the pieces. Additionally, the harpsichord, an instrument that is part of the keyboard family, was used for part of the Baroque era songs.

One great example of music through which Sémplice showed the evolution and growth of Jewish music up until the Baroque era was their performance of George Frideric Handel’s trio sonatas. Handel, basically one of the pioneers of the trio sonata genre and the implementation of the harpsichord into trio sonatas, is the pure embodiment and representation of the Baroque era.

With all the pieces from the Renaissance and Baroque eras completed, the performance took a brief intermission for the final part: the Klezmer genre. For the final part of the performance, Sémplice members changed their outfits and instruments to accompany the contemporary pieces coming up. Personally, this was my favorite part of the whole performance, with its more modern roots (being from the 1900s) and the upbeat tone that differs from the Renaissance and Baroque eras of music. Instead of the common violin-based pieces the Renaissance and Baroque eras focused on, the Klezmer genre deviates from the common instruments by adding in the clarinet, tuba, and even the accordion. With its new instruments and unique musical tone, Klezmer received a rise and resurgence in the 1970s.

Finishing off the performance with a fun Klezmer song that included the audience’s participation, Sémplice caused the audience members to leave the concert hall with happy faces and great knowledge of the history of Jewish music. Sémplice provided a performance that highly exceeded expectations; one that was both entertaining and educational.

Drinking on campus? Cheers to that.

By: Emily Summers, Staff Writer

As many know, Regis University’s Student Center has recently undergone major renovations and is on its way to becoming the epicenter of student activity on campus. Adopting a sleek, modern look, the updated building has gone from “drab” to “fab" in a matter of months. Despite the project’s set completion date of 2020, many areas of the Student Center are already up and running, including the new Walker’s Pub.

Walker’s Pub, named after John Brisben Walker, the man who donated the initial 40 acres of farmland that Regis sits on today, was established in 2010. Over the last eight years, Walker’s Pub has been known as a hangout spot for students on campus and the home of RUSGA’s Thursday Thrills.

Formerly located just inside of the Student Center’s main entrance, Walker’s Pub has now moved to the furthermost south end of the building. Equipped with a new bar, fireplace, and pizza oven, this area has become a fan favorite among Regis students. Offering a wide variety of food and beverages, the newly renovated pub has become a campus hotspot for those looking to grab a beer or a quick bite to eat.

The food menu focuses on a selection of pizzas and calzones, made to order in the new fire oven. Also available are various sides, such as salads, breadsticks, and sandwiches. With new specials each week, the menu is ever-evolving and is sure to offer something that will satisfy everyone’s taste buds. In addition to dine-in services, students are able to call ahead and order entire pizzas.

There are a variety of beverages sold, including Novo coffee and local brews. With currently six beers on tap and three wines offered, the bar has similarly increased in popularity. It’s a great place to cheers the end of the week.

With a variety of food and beverages, along with frequent entertainment, Walker’s Pub has something for everyone. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. during weekdays and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends, Walker’s Pub holds opportunity for the Regis community to better connect. Grab beer with your friends, or meet with your professor over coffee. The new pub is incredibly versatile and provides the perfect meeting spot on campus.

As for the future of Walker’s Pub, Regis currently has no plans to expand it, but we can bet this isn’t the last of improvements. With the growing student population, additional improvements and renovations are sure to come.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the new and improved Walker’s Pub: You’re missing out.

Cupid’s Carnival at the Ranger Dome

By: Kamil Wojciak, Staff Writer

On February 16th, an event called “Cupid’s Carnival” took place in the Ranger Dome from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM to celebrate the weekend of Valentine’s. This carnival had challenging games, roller skating, free caricatures, and more, with no cost whatsoever!

Starting at 6:30 PM, all of the carnival attractions of the were already prepared and ready! Starting off with the carnival games, some games at the carnival were the rifle range, skeeball, and the ball-in-tub toss. The rifle range at the carnival was one of the more popular attractions, because of its simple and fun game mechanic of shooting down domino-shaped blocks with a NERF (N-Strike Elite Mega Magnus) blaster. The skeeball and the ball-in-tub toss were also popular attractions, catching the authenticity of a real carnival by being one of the most challenging and frustrating games I ever played.

In addition to the carnival games, people had the possibility to earn tickets, depending on their performance on a game. With these tickets, people could obtain prizes, such as cute animal stickers.

Other than the carnival games, roller skating was an important aspect for “Cupid’s Carnival”. The most popular and biggest attraction, the roller skating rink, was filled with fun, loud music and Regis students. The roller skating rink was highly accessible to the public, with individuals easily obtaining roller skates from a counter with no constraints, and the roller skating rink itself was open with no physical boundaries (other than the walls of the Ranger Dome).

“Cupid’s Carnival” was a great way to end the Valentine’s week by having fun attractions, such as the carnival games and the roller skating, allowing the partakers of the event to relieve the tension they acquired from the week.

Dave & Buster’s Date Night

By: Kamil Wojciak, Staff Writer

Photo Source: Kamil Wojciak

On February 14, Valentine’s Day, the Regis University Programming Board hosted an event named “Dave & Buster’s Date Night”. To celebrate Valentine’s day, students had the opportunity to go to Dave & Buster’s to play and enjoy game and prizes.

For the event, students had to sign up to be eligible; sign ups started on Monday, February 11, and continued all the way to the start of the event. The event started at 7:30 PM at the Student Center, where individuals did their last-minute signups and preparations for departure. With everyone signed up, ready for the event, all individuals departed from the campus on a travel bus, directly heading to Dave & Buster’s.

After the highly cozy and roomy trip on the travel bus, the participants of the event arrived at Dave & Buster’s at around 8:00 PM. When everyone was in the building, the coordinators of the event stated the plans of the event and then all individuals headed to a private room. This private room allowed people to store their belongings and served as the meeting place for the group.

With everything settled, all participants received a power card (an electronic card used for the arcade machines) and free food by the buffet that was in the private room. All the power cards provided had 200 chips ($20) that can solely be used on the arcade machines; the buffet provided had nachos, pretzel corn dogs, and even shrimp and cocktail sauce.

With all the time from roughly 8:10 PM to 9:50 PM, all the partakers of the event had the utmost freedom in Dave & Buster’s. The arcade, argued the main attraction of Dave & Buster’s, had a large amount of variety that different types of audiences can enjoy. Some of the most popular arcade machines were the claw machines, guitar hero, and air hockey.

When it was 9:50 PM, it was time to prepare to leave Dave & Buster’s and come back to Regis University. Even though the participants of this extremely entertaining event had roughly two hours of having fun, it was somewhat sad to leave that fun and entertainment by going back to campus (especially if they had remaining chips to spend).

“I enjoyed leaving the Regis campus and hanging out with my friends” said John, one of the members of the event. The “Dave & Buster’s Date Night” was an extraordinarily fun event that was a great method to casually hang out with friends and enjoy the holiday with others. This organized event that took students out of campus for fun and entertainment was a great idea, and has high demand to be replicated in the future.

Georgia O’Keeffe and Friends at the MCA

By Patrick O’Neill, Staff Writer

Photo Source: Patrick O’Neill

This past week on Friday, February 15, a new exhibit opened at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art—Aftereffect: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Painting. The exhibit gave the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of some original Georgia O’Keeffe paintings as well as viewing modern artists’ work. The theme of the exhibit was meant to show modern artists whose work resonates the Georgia O’Keeffe style and energy.

There’s some art words in here, so buckle up!

These pieces were particularly interesting in the sheer bold vibrancy of their colors. Many contained abstract structures and shapes which were emboldened by bright color and curving lines that launched the images forward to viewers. I found several paintings by contemporary artist, Loie Hollowell to be the most riveting in this exhibition. Loie Hollowell has mastered, in my opinion, the use of layering to create bold 3-Dimensional shapes on canvas, some of which actually stick out of the canvas making the pictures pop. Her use of color and form excellently portrays her otherworldly subject matter. Pictured below is The Land’s Part by Loie Hollowell which is visible in the Museum of Contemporary Art:

Loie Hollowell’s pieces mirror Georgia O’Keeffe’s with their use of shading and muted color to create a sense of mystery and intrigue.

Another piece that I particularly enjoyed was Lesley Vance’s Untitled piece. In retrospect, I found the coloring to be especially bold and pleasant to look at. Her use of rounded and twisting forms, additionally, seems to mirror the Georgia O’Keeffe style, so I can see why this piece was chosen for this exhibition. Certainly, it is a confusing and abstract piece but the mystery of it makes it all the more enjoyable. The piece exudes a certain hungry attitude which is evident in the almost 3D shapes that lay across the canvas. There’s something oddly fleshy about it.

On a plaque describing her work, Lesley Vance called Georgia O’Keeffe’s style, “elegant” with “serpentine lines” and “sinuous brushwork” which, “contain just the right amount of awkwardness to feel very human.” Indeed, the Vance pieces incorporate those abstract curves and turns, capturing an O’Keeffe-esque logic in their flow.

Pictured below is Untitled by Lesley Vance:

You can catch Aftereffect: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Painting at the Museum of Contemporary Art at 1485 Delgany Street, Denver from now until May 26.

Rangers Charge Past Western State Colorado University

By: Amy Reglin, Staff Photographer

Mens Basketball home game // Amy Reglin

Friday night the men’s basketball team played Western State Colorado University at home. Following in suit of the female rangers basketball team, the men won, too The Rangers took an early lead and held onto it throughout the whole game, winning 87-60. Tomas Auruskervicius had a career high of 20 points. The team shot 70% from the free-throw line, helping them with the win. Next weekend the Rangers will be in Utah. March 1st is their last home game of the regular season, so be sure to be there and support!

The Debate on the 2nd Amendment

By Patrick O’Neill, Staff Writer

On Friday February 15, Regis’ Debate Team held a public debate on the steps of the Dayton Memorial Library. The debate focused on two sides of the infamous gun control argument. One side which featured debate team members Nicholas Aranda and Sally Andarge argued that the 2nd amendment ought to be changed to promote gun control. The other side of the debate featured debate team members Amadia Al-Amin and Timothy Smith, arguing that the 2nd amendment was a fundamental human right that should not be taken away.

Debate team member, Amadia Al-Amin, kicked off the argument that the 2nd amendment was a fundamental human right by elaborating on that side’s perspective on the purpose of the government. She continued, saying that “freedom of action” was fundamental to an American citizen’s right and that action includes protecting oneself. She claimed that repealing the 2nd amendment would make the U.S. an authoritarian and oppressive regime. There would be, she elaborated, a fundamental flaw in the system if the right to protection is taken away; and, the intentions of the government would become obscured. She finalized her argument by saying that American rights must be ensured by regulating guns, not taking away the right to bear


To counter, debate team member, Nicholas Aranda stood at the podium, claiming that there is already a fear of state sanctioned violence in America—that the authoritarian regime that Amadia claimed would develop already existed. He elaborated that Americans already live in a system of tyranny with police brutality, gun violence, and school shootings. The Constitution, he claimed, is in no way a moral document. It is necessary to change and develop the Constitution to uphold human rights and prevent the mass-murder of people. To further his argument, Nicholas utilized mentions of the Abolition of Slavery and the Women’s Suffrage movements. He made the outstanding claim that America will become synonymous with violence if changes are not made to the Constitution. Nicholas also elaborated with examples of how the government might handle the repealing of then 2nd amendment by using buy-back programs such as those in the U.K. and Australia. Nicholas concluded his arguments with mentions of the outdated policies of the 2nd amendment and that changing the Constitution effectively represents what ought to be legal—gun violence, he said, is largely if not completely avoidable.

Two other debate team members, Sally Andarge and Timothy Smith spoke on the issues at the beginning and at the end of the debate, furthering the riveting gun control argument. Sally Andarge kicked the debate off but I unfortunately missed that part of the event.

The debate lasted about thirty minutes and gave attending Regis students and faculty a look at what the debate team really does.

The event went to promote Social Justice Fridays, which occur on the 3rd Friday of every month.