Ranger pride on display in one eventful day!
Ranger pride on display in one eventful day!
By: Kamil Wojciak, Staff Writer
On April 11th, people were dancing and having great amounts of fun at the silent disco here at Regis. Regarding location and time, this silent disco took place in the Mountain View Room in Claver Hall at 7:00 PM, all the way to roughly 10:00 PM.
As already implied in its name, this disco was silent (other than the people who were singing the lyrics) by having each audience member listen to the music through headphones. These headphones were the key element to this silent disco, as they allowed you to connect to any of the three DJs at the event. To connect to the specific DJ you wanted to, you would move the switch located on the back of the left ear pad; this switch had three options, correlating to the amount of DJs that you could listen to. On the back of the right ear pad, there was a knob that changed the volume of the headset.
Each channel for the DJs had a color associated with it to indicate which DJ is playing on the channel the audience members were listening to. To figure out the channel you were listening to, you just had to look at the your headset’s ear pads. Each headset displayed red, blue, or green, depending on the channel you listened to; the color displayed on your headset correlated to the DJ you were listening to, as the DJ had the same color headset as yours.
As there were three DJs that you could listen to, the audience had different musical preferences to choose from. The red DJ mainly focused on modern pop and hip-hop, using songs like “It’s Tricky” by RUN-D.M.C and “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars. The green DJ had a broad range of EDM and dubstep songs and also some hip-hop songs like “Rockstar” by Post Malone. The blue DJ had music that I would as “chill vibes” like “Africa” by Toto and “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. Also, while people were jamming to the music provided, there was a machine with a camera and screen that people could use to take pictures. To receive the pictures that were taken, they only had to enter their email address and the photos would be sent to that email.
Overall, the silent disco was a blast of an event, and will be highly cherished by many of the participants. It is of great thanks to RUSGA, for planning the events of Ranger Week, and SoundDown Party, for providing the silent disco service.
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By : Hazel Alvarez, Staff Reporter
Thirty minutes into the event and already the halls of Pomponio Science Center buzzed with activities. Almost all of the classroom were utilized and filled with students and their families.
This is the fourth year of Science Sunday at Regis University, where children to teens from the surrounding communities gather to see demonstrations of science concepts ranging from fingerprints and time to electric currents and their conductors.
Thanks to social media platforms done by Marketing and Communications and the success of previous years, this event brought about more than 600 people this year.
More than 100 students from various science classes, clubs, and groups volunteered to help run the event. Regis students from neuroscience, astronomy, physics, biology, and chemistry occupy the booths with their colorful displays attracting the eyes. There’s something for everyone, and without realizing it, you were learning beyond the usual classroom setting.
Dr. Hart, an Assistant Professor of Astronomy, was the lead organizer of Science Sunday. She’s a blur as she speeds through the hallway, checking on Regis students and smiling at the visiting kids. Inspired by a friend in charge of the astronomy night at the White House, Dr. Hart made it as an event here in Regis for her astronomy class in 2016. Instead of a final project, the students can conduct demonstrations where they can interact with the public.
“The feedback that I got from the students was so great, I thought, ‘why don’t I do this next year, but not just with astronomy,” Dr. Hart said.
Besides the astronomy lab, the Chemistry Club, TriBeta Honors Society, Physics Department, Neuroscience Department, and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers now help make Science Sunday an impactful force that it is today. “And that’s how Science Sunday was born,” smiles Dr. Hart.
Regardless of what science departments the booths represent, the responses that the children and teens displays range from excited expressions to shy smiles. If the child or teen display a shy demeanor, the students who occupy the booths would simply invite them over, and with what started out as hesitation, ended with round eyes and little smiles as they grasp the concept in hand.
“I really love sharing science to people, specifically to astronomy,” comments Dr. Hart. “I think being able to share it in a fun way is very important. Once visitors [families and their children] realize that science is for everybody – not just science people or math people – once they realize that it’s for everybody, then I’ve done my job.”
The children and teens weren’t the only ones who were responsive; the families with them were just as equally interested in interacting with the student demonstrators and volunteers.
One father stumble walking in a line, while wearing goggles that distorts the senses of the cerebellum, which rule balance and coordination, simulating what it would be like to be drunk. The son hardly stumbles walking in a straight line, despite wearing the goggles. “He’s way better at this than me. A little concerning, if you ask me,” he laughs.
Down the hall, a mother and daughter don on latex gloves in order to touch a human brain, donated to Regis University. Respectfully, they both held the brain. “[The brain] doesn’t look heavy, but it is,” comments the mother. She trades a smile with her daughter as she hands over the brain, and her child gasps at both the weight and the cold of the brain.
“Ask a Scientist,” said Dr. Winterrowd, an Associate Professor of Psychology, helped occupy the booth, remarking that “it’s difficult to ask questions on the fly, but the kids managed it.” Kids asked topics that ranged from planets to dinosaurs, and thanks to the little brain picture underneath Dr. Winterrowd’s nametag and the brain model nearby, kids asked about the brain, too.
“Their questions were very creative,” Dr. Winterrowd continues. “One question a child asked was ‘where do the stars go during the day?’ And I just explained that the stars are there, the sun just outshines them all. I would help direct them to where they could go, like if they were interested in astronomy, I would direct them to the telescope outside. One kid asked about what does the brain feel like, and I would just say that it’s soft and heavy, and would help point them to the basement, where we had the human brain. It was great to see these kids invested at the topics in hand.”
Jivan Smith-Shively, who demonstrated the booth on behalf of his astronomy lab, remarked, “I enjoyed the [event], quite a lot; I have always liked teaching children about science, so it’s great to see the look of awe on their faces as they do the experiment.”
The booth demonstration shows the concept of space and time, with a metal ball representing the sun weighing down on top of a black fabric, which represents space and time. The marbles represent the planets, and as each one rolled, circles around the metal ball.
As each child and family member roll marble balls, Jivan and Joseph McCullough explain that this demonstrates the gravitational pull of planets (the marbles) around the sun (the metal ball). “Being able to answer questions to help them get more invested is always fun.”
At the main entrance of the Science Center, the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) helped with the visitor’s booth, where they pass out STEM passports designed by one of their own, Tina La. Once they filled their passports, they can come back to the booth and get their goody bags.
Tina’s sister, Melissa La, who also helped with the booth, remarked at the end, “It was such a great event! I especially love seeing all the kids smile and enjoying time with their parents!”.
Both Melissa and Tina greeted multitudes of families and their kids, explaining what the passports were, how they can get the prizes, and passing out either the goody bags or maps of the demonstrators.
“I really couldn’t have done this without the students and faculty who volunteered. Without them, this wouldn’t be able to have happen. Without the different groups helping out and contributing to Science Sunday, this wouldn’t be able to happen,” remarks Dr. Hart. “The public really likes the fact that they see the students getting excited and they see their kids getting excited, and this interaction is really important to me.”
“The meat and potatoes of what makes Science Sunday successful is that every Regis student being able to show how they love science in their own way. Whether it’s the chemistry club, the astronomy or neuroscience students. Really, at the end of the day, it’s the students that makes this event really successful,” Dr. Hart explains, smiling fondly.
Photo Source // Kamil Wojciak
By: Kamil Wojciak, Staff Writer
This Monday of Ranger Week had a major amount of activities that strung from 5:30 PM, all the way to roughly 9:05 PM. From 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, their were food trucks, music, and outdoor games that anyone could enjoy; roughly starting at 7:20 PM and ending at 9:05 PM was the Who UR Talent & Drag Show.
Lot 4, Claver Hall’s parking lot, was where all the fun activities resided, except for the “Who UR Talent & Drag Show”. For the food trucks, they had two food trucks, Sweet Cow and The Bamboo Skewer. The Sweet Cow food truck gave out ice cream of many flavors, including the flavors strawberry, mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, cookies and cream. Aside from tasty desserts for all the guests, there was also proper meals available from The Bamboo Skewer; The Bamboo Skewer gave out street food, which consisted of chicken teriyaki, potstickers and much more. All of the food provided from the food trucks was free!
With all the energy obtained from their free food, the participants were able to enjoy the music and the outdoor games. The music was provided by the band Ten Miles South. In case you didn’t know, Ten Miles South is an indie pop & alternative band that does gigs in and around the Denver area. At the event, some of the songs they played were “Kids” and “Tongue Tied”, while also playing their own original songs like “Future Lover” (a fan favorite) and “Philadelphia” (an upcoming song planning to be released soon).
Jude Montanez, Regis student and the bass player of Ten Miles South, said that “Everyone was just jamming to what we were doing and that made it easier for us to have fun and not really stress about what we were playing.”; both the guests and the band were having a blast at this event. With the bangin’ music in the background, people also participated in outdoor games that were provided. These outdoor games were hugely popular with the audience and some of the the popular games played were bean bag toss, ladder ball, KanJam, and Spikeball.
After all the events at Lot 4, people waited in line for the Who UR Talent & Drag Show that was in Claver Hall’s Mountain View Room. This event started roughly at 7:20 PM and was nearly packed. Starting out with the talent show, many individuals performed songs with different sorts of instruments; some of the instruments used in the talent show were the ukulele, trombone, and the piano. While many of the participants of the talent show were playing and singing songs, one performance way different than the others was the “Lion Dance”. The “Lion Dance” is a traditional dance in Chinese culture (and also other Asian cultures), where two performers in a single lion costume perform choreographed dance and acrobatic moves.
In the Mountain View Room, this performance took place and won first place for the talent show. After a five minute intermission, the drag show took place for the remainder of the night. With the two hosts, Claudia Mercury and Reina Terror, the drag show started with a bang in the form of their opening duet. Onward, there were many more spectacular performances by the drag kings and queens that ended up with one group finale of all performers performing to “Last Dance” by Donna Summer.
At the end of the night, Rico Gomez, Student Body President of Regis University, elaborated on the theme of Ranger Week, “Who U R”. In the words of Gomez, “You are a part of our community”; Gomez’s message tells us that no matter how lonely or how isolated we may feel, we will always be part of Regis University, a community that we can lean on.
By: AC Covarrubias
Eventually, you will die, I will die, your loved ones will die, and everyone you know or don’t know will die. Different cultures have different views on the portrayal of death, but the most popular opinion is that man fears death. This fear of death molded the Blue Oysters Cult hit single Don’t Fear the Reaper.
Don’t Fear the Reaper is a song by the American rock band Blue Oyster Cult In there 1976 album Agents of Fortune. The song itself was written by lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser. The song, theme-wise, was about the inevitability of one's own death and how it is foolish to be afraid of it. With that in mind, many have viewed this as the song encouraging suicide with the first set of lyrics stating that “ All our times have come. Here but now they're gone”, this, however, this was never the case.
According to Roeser, the song was actually a love song set within a horror genre type of music. As mentioned before the song is about how one should not fear the end of one's mortality, but also how love can transcend the physical world into the next world. How loved ones can come together in death. The song hints to these themes with motifs such as mentioning saint valentine, saint of courtly love, and Romeo and Juliet. With lyrics that say “Valentine is done Here but now they're gone Romeo and Juliet Are together in eternity…” The song, in summary, is that if ones love is strong enough the fear of death is meaningless.
However many people did not get the meaning. The song meaning was viewed differently by the public. As mentioned before, death is something we fear. You can make the most comforting song on the planet, but if mention the grim reaper, the song will be seen completely differently. With lyrics such as “40,000 men and women everyday... Like Romeo and Juliet 40,000 men and women everyday... Redefine happiness Another 40,000 coming everyday... We can be like they are”. Blue Oyster Cult was aware of this scenario while Roeser was writing the song, and there was nothing they could do about it.
Death is just a part of life. Like the wind, the sun, or the rain. It will come for all no matter the circumstances. However if you love someone and he or she has died or is dead remember, we are all destined to die. So eventually you’ll be reunited in eternity. Do not deny it, I know I can't.
Does Dumbo fly, or does he flop?
Photo Source// Amy Reglin
On Thursday the non-profit Frontline Farming had their launch party at The Denver Bicycle Cafe. Members of the Regis community and the Denver community were there to support them. Frontline Farming works with the community to provide affordable produce and educate people and farmers. They work to support the community through education, farm stands, and serve days. Check out their website to learn more about them and see when the next serve day is. https://www.frontlinefarming.org
By: Kamil Wojciak, Staff Reporter
At the beach here at Regis University, people were making tie-dye shirts, taking care of succulents, eating snacks and much more! Specifically, all of these activities took place during the Earth Day event on April 3rd, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Earth Day, a day that is celebrated internationally on April 22nd, is meant to give recognition to environmental issues that impact our planet and how to protect our environment. Founded in 1970 to originally teach people about these environmental issues, it has now become a staple holiday around the world.
While our Earth Day event at Regis was not one that helped resolve any environmental issues in our community, it allowed students to enjoy being outside in the sunny environment and to participate in multiple activities of their choice. The two main attractions were the tie-dye shirts and the succulents.
For making their own personal tie-dye shirts, the participants were given a white shirt and many materials to help aid their creative process. Firstly, students clumped up their shirts into a spherical shape, and used rubber bands to keep that shape formed. Then, the students were appropriately able to start tie-dying their shirts with the large variety of colored inks to choose from. When they were satisfied with their tie-dye shirt, they were given a Ziploc bag to safely store and keep their new personalized shirt.
While many participants made tie-dye shirts, the succulents also were high in popularity; as there was a limited amount of succulents, only the earlier guests were able to participate in this activity. With each individual having their own succulent, they had the opportunity to paint their pot for the succulent that they are going to plant in that pot. Like the tie-dye shirts, there was a large variety of paints that the artist could use, but no paint brushes in the vicinity. To solve the lack of paint brushes, finger painting was used and allowed great fun for this activity.
The Earth Day event at Regis was a great way to enjoy the sunny spring weather outside that was somewhat lacking by the recent weather we were having, and was also a fun way to express our artistic sense within us.
Photo Source // Amy Reglin
By Emily Lovell, Associate Editor
The Women’s and Gender Studies Department invited Andrea Gibson, a renowned queer poet that calls Boulder, CO home, to perform on campus on April 4, 2019. Their performance started at 8:00 pm in the Calver Recital Hall. Tickets were free for members of the Regis community.
Professor Alyse Knorr and junior Sam Yarnell provided the introduction and opening remarks for the event. They are both excellent poets themselves. Together, they welcomed Andrea Gibson to the stage for a powerful evening of vulnerability and beauty.
Gibson’s poems tackled issues such as the struggles that the LGBTQ community faces in today’s society, misogyny, and gun violence. Their poems especially focused on self-love regardless of who you love or what your identity is. A few of the poems that the audience was privileged to hear were “Your Life,” “First Love,” “Boomerang Valentine,” and “Living Proof.” Many of their poems were performed with musical accompaniment.
In between poems, Gibson revealed that one of their contemporaries once performed only poems focused on social justice issues even though the audience requested love poems. The other poet inspired Gibson, but then Gibson realized that their love poems are making a political statement. They then proceeded to perform a poem about one of their past loves and it was a heartbreakingly powerful moment.
At another point in the evening, Gibson said that they had once been told that “Self-hate is a way of trying to see the world as a safe, beautiful place.” They explained that when we experience awful things that are out of our control, we tend to blame ourselves in order to regain a sense of control. Gibson also told the audience that “the only thing you can control is where you put your attention.” Their overall message seemed to be to put your attention on making the world a safer, more beautiful place and on embracing who you are.
Gibson’s openness and passionate performance created an atmosphere of acceptance. Regis was lucky to have them come to campus to share their story. If you would like to read some of their poetry, check out their latest book called The Lord of the Butterflies.
“The show… that you want… is right in front of your eyes.”
Photo Source // Kamil Wojciak
By: Kamil Wojciak, Staff Writer
On March 23rd, students had the chance to craft their own personal mosaics that they were allowed to keep. The students had many options to craft mosaics, with different types of canvases, and a great amount of tiles to choose from.
Now for a small lesson on mosaics, mosaics are art that consist of assembling tiles to create an image; these tiles have limitless options, factoring from material, size, shape, color, and more. Surprisingly enough, the earliest evidence of mosaics can be traced back to the third millennium BC in Mesopotamia.
Now, back to the event that took place, students had a great range of options on crafting their mosaics. For the tiles, some tiles they had were shaped as squares and triangles, with different sizes. The remaining tiles were actually all asymmetrical, as they were all personally cracked at the event. Even with the great options for the tiles, the event also had different canvases that were available. Two types of the canvases available were standard, white, flat canvases that just deviated in dimensions and size. However, greatly stemming from the linear canvases available, students were able to use jars as their personal canvas.
The mosaic event was a great way to spend the weekend and stimulate our artistic sense within us. Hopefully, there will be more events like this in the near future giving students opportunities to be satisfied, creating and building their own personal art.
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.
Calling all fools.
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!
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.
Photo Source // Amy Reglin
By: Catie Cheshire, Co Editor- In -Chief
Even though many people are already thinking about the 2020 presidential election, Denver’s municipal elections are just around the corner on May 7, 2019. With that in mind the Regis Community Council, RUSGA, and Berkeley Regis United Neighborhood along with many other sponsors brought the District 1 City Council candidates to Regis on March 20.
The event served as a way for community members to learn about all the candidates and ask questions relevant to the District 1 area, which includes Regis. The candidates are Mike Somma, Amanda Sandoval, David Sabados, Prajwal Kulkarni, Scott Durrah, Sabrina D’Agosto, and Victoria Aguilar. Dominic Dezzutti, station manager at Colorado Public Television, served as the moderator. He guided candidates through one-minute opening and closing statements and asked them questions submitted by sponsors of the event and the audience.
Jenna Farley, a community member and part of Regis Community Council, kicked off the night with an introduction. Farley was one of the original organizers of the event. She discussed how city policies affect people’s daily lives and argued that City Council elections are important because they give people a chance to elect people who have a say over what happens in their neighborhoods. She introduced Father John Fitzgibbons, Regis President, who shared welcoming words and wisdom.
“They say all politics is local,” he said. “That’s true. What we do here affects everything else. What we do here is make democracy work.” After Father Fitzgibbons’ concluding remarks, Dezzutti was ready to kick off the night. He began by inviting each of the seven candidates to give an opening statement.
Most candidates spoke about their time in the district, their experiences that led them to run for office, and why they would be good advocates for people in District 1. Candidates range from Somma, a firefighter, to Durrah, a dispensary owner to Aguilar, who works at Denver Human Services.
Though the candidates are a diverse group, they all identified the same primary issue District 1 faces: housing amidst a changing neighborhood. Each candidate offered unique ideas for what should be done to make housing more affordable and preserve the character of the neighborhood. Their ideas ranged from overlay zones, to repurposing old buildings as temporary housing, to giving residents a voice in city planning.
Along with concerns about development, one question asked about transportation. Once again, all the candidates agreed that transportation is a major problem in District 1. Across the board, the issue of sidewalk maintenance arose. Currently, homeowners are responsible for the sidewalks outside their residence. Several candidates said they would like to appropriate money, or alter that policy, so that the city would fix sidewalks instead of individuals.
Another important theme throughout the night was community involvement. Each candidate said they had ideas for how to involve the community more in decision-making with D’Agosta and Aguilar emphasizing the importance of asking people how they would like to be included in decision-making and Sabados describing how technology could be used to have digital town halls that are accessible to more people. Every candidate spoke about how city council, more than any other pathway in our current government, gives people in the community a voice.
To return to Father Fitzgibbons’ theme that politics is local, having the District 1 candidate forum at Regis is just one way the university promotes political engagement and becomes a better neighbor to others in the community.
The event was streamed on FacebookLive and offered Spanish translation, ensuring more of District 1 could be included in the forum. To update your voter registration click here. For information about how to vote in the upcoming municipal elections that City Council is included in click here.
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