And The Devil Writes His Requiem

By: AC Covarrubias

 The devil is one of the most if not the most infamous figure in religious culture. His effect seems to be ever present in all forms of media. This reigns in art, film, drama, and literature. However it is in music where his presence reigns supreme.

         The prince of darkness presence in music can be dated back in the Middle Ages. One of the most superstitious times in European history. During the 5th century the musical interval called the tritone, which was also known as "the devil in Music" or the “Devil’s Interval”, was banned by the Catholic Church due to the belief that playing the interval could summon the Devil himself. Later on the devil would strike again in 1773 in the mind of Giuseppe Tartini. One night Tartini had a dream where he sold his soul to the devil to make satan his servant and teacher. During this dream the devil would then play a song which is what he consider the most beautiful melody he has ever heard of. When he woke up he attempted to recreate that same melody he has heard in his dream. However in Lalande's Voyage d'un François en Italie, where he tells his story he states “The music which I at this time composed is indeed the best that I ever wrote, and I still call it the "Devil's Trill", but the difference between it and that which so moved me is so great that I would have destroyed my instrument and have said farewell to music forever if it had been possible for me to live without the enjoyment it affords me.”

         But Tartini was not the only violinist to have some relations with the infernal and unholy. Niccolò Paganini was a famous Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. During his career there have been rumors that his skill was given to him by the devil. The evidence to support this was claims that when he played the violin his hand would contort and move in an inhuman way. One person claimed to leave after witnessing the devil helping Paganini play. To rop it all of it was said that when the priest came to perform last rites it was said that he refused this sacrament. Whether this was real of not is up for debate.

         In the later years new genres of music emerged called Jazz and the blues. This genre of music is not directly linked to the devil but rather it was made linked to the devil. Because most of the jazz musicians are mainly African American in a still racist America people have been linking jazz with satan just to make the blacks look bad. During the time jazz was considered “Devil Music”. However, just because people linked jazz to the devil did not mean he did not have his hands on helping musicians master the blues. Some musicians such as Tommy Johnson and Robert Johnson (the two are not related) where said to sell their souls to satan. Tommy was said to be a terrible guitar player until he sold his soul and just like that he became a master in an instant.

         The devil would leave the would and jazz and the blues into something more fitting for a violent entity such as him: Rock. Like jazz and the blues, rock was viewed negatively as satanist, but there main target was not on the minorities, but on children. During this time Rock was the cool thing to listen to as a kid, so parents use this as a way to scare their children. Saying that rock will lead you to a life of sin. This, like jazz, is not true, but instead of ignoring these claims rock embraced those claims and became what those things parents back then where afraid off. Black Sabbath, the founding fathers of metal, have a lot of references to the occult and the demonic. One of the band members Geezer Butler was fascinated with the occult, which lead Ozzy Osbourne to give him a black book written in Latin with pictures of the devil. He put the book in his shelf and went to bed. He would wake up to see a black figure at the front of the bed, staring at him. Some say it was the devil, others claim it was the grim reaper, however one thing is certain, when the figure vanished Butler searched for the book only to find that it was vanished. This would lead to Black Sabbath’s song Black Sabbath which is about the experience Geezer when through with the first line being “What is this, That stands before me? Figure in black, which points at me”. With metal coming to exist the link to music and satan have been exclusively linked to metal rock exclusively.

         Modern music seem to not discuss about the devil, with rock as the exception. The link between the devil and music is bizarre. With tales general consisting of encounters with the prince of darkness where it is meeting him face to face or committing to Faustian bargains. Whatever it is there is something fascinating about discovering the relations between music and the infernal.

Meet Our New Mascot: The Fox

By Emily Lovell, Associate Editor

Paw prints have been appearing around campus. Signs were put up promising free donuts but none could be found. Rumors starting spreading that Regis was changing its mascot to a fox instead of a ranger named Roamin. Then, we all received the emails that confirmed it: Regis University will be making a complete switch from Roamin to the fox, but we will still be the Regis Rangers.

For clarification, the “Roamin’ shadow” logo will be retained on all athletic materials, uniforms, and the Field house, but the fox mascot is set to appear at athletic events and to be featured on Regis athletics apparel. Regis University’s school colors will stay the same.

But why the switch? Surveys and polls were conducted within the Regis community over the past year, and the responses to Roamin were quite negative overall. So, Marketing and Communications came up with the goal of creating a new mascot that represented the Regis spirit. They decided upon a fox because foxes are “fun, inquisitive, intelligent, and full of cura personalis.” The fox is also a unique choice for a mascot; not many other schools have it. Furthermore, not only do they call Colorado their home, but the Regis University campus as well. So next time you find yourself walking around campus in the evening hours, keep your eyes open for a glimpse of one of these beautiful creatures.  

You may have noticed that the fox was referred to as a “she” in the emails and may be wondering about the significance of this. Historically, Regis has had all male mascots, and there are very few standalone female mascots in general. Our Marketing and Communications team originally wanted the mascot to be gender-neutral in order to be inclusive of everyone, but decided to make the fox a female because it is something that almost no one else has done. As a sort of compromise, however, the costumes that she wears will be more masculine.

As of right now, she has yet to be named. But, members of the Regis community will have the opportunity to vote on names during Ranger Week which is April 8th-13th. Come cast your vote and welcome the fox into our community!

The Anti-Oppression Council Circle

By: Kamil Wojciak, Staff Reporter

For Anti-Oppression week at Regis University, the Anti-Oppression Council Circle convened; this event was held on March 26th, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the St. John Francis Regis Chapel.

This event gave Regis University students and faculty the opportunity to disclose information on the social issues and personal thoughts that they have about our community here at Regis. To discuss about these social issues, we started the event with a large group, then split into small groups, and reconvened at the end as a large group once again.

At the beginning, all participants of the event found a place to sit in the circle of seats. Several coordinators first explained the premise and reason for the event, and then let the members think about their personal biases that go against social justice. Every participant was given a paper and a writing utensil, to write their biases. After the participants wrote down their biases, they put their bias-written paper into a compost bag. Participants were encouraged to reflect on and distinguish their personal thoughts that deviate away from social justice, and throw away those thoughts to further reach social peace and justice.

After removing the ill thoughts and biases of the participants, the event followed up with a ceremonial practice of smudging. Smudging is the method of burning sacred herbs, usually sage, to purify the negative energy around and in individuals. For the event, two sage wands (sage that is wrapped in a bundle) were used for the smudging, and were passed around the circle by the partakers of the event, allowing themselves to be spiritually cleaned. After throwing away their biases and smudging themselves, the participants were mentally and spiritually ready for the small group discussions.

For the small group discussions, people were divided into groups of roughly eight people. These small groups were meant to personally access an individual’s perspective on social justice and how to change the community of Regis University to accommodate comfort and security for everyone in the community.

Reconvening back again as one large group, the coordinators discussed the importance of these kind of events; these events based off discussion on personal insight and perspective, gives people the opportunity to more openly discuss issues. The Anti-Oppression Council Circle allowed the participants to gain greater understanding on the issues surrounding our community, learning through themselves and others. Because of this event, the participants of the event now know some of the underlying issues of our community that are able to be solved, creating a better community for all.  

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.