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2010 June: Community News

2010 June: Community News

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*DU-area burglar sentenced
*Student violinist
*BrewGrass festival
*Law commencement speaker
*A cappella group
*Handbag makers
*DU-area burglar sentenced
*Student violinist
*BrewGrass festival
*Law commencement speaker
*A cappella group
*Handbag makers

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Published by: University of Denver on May 26, 2010
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Keeping up  wi th DU ne ws is easier  than e ver. Check ou t  the ne w DU  Toda y si te.  The URL is  the same  —  w w w.du.edu / toda y  — bu t  the si te has a  whole ne w look  wi th more  fea tures and in forma tion. Ne w  fea tures include polls,  videos, a  this mon th in his tor y ca tegor y, and links  to read DU blogs and  to  follo w  the Uni versi t y on social media si tes.
 DU-area burglarsentenced
 Student violinist
 BrewGrass festival
 Law commencementspeaker
  A cappella group
 Handbag makers
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 A passion for change
Regan Linton was one of 18 speakers and performers at “TEDxDU: aCelebration of DUing” May 13 at DU’s Newman Center. The DU master’scandidate in social work, who has used a wheelchair since a 2002 car injuredher spinal cord, is a member of Denver’s Physically Handicapped Actors andMusical Artists League. “In my life I sometimes feel disappointed that I don’thave enough time, energy or womanpower to dedicate to all of the amazingcauses, passions and initiatives that exist out in the world,” Linton says. “But[this] event gave me a sense of peace, knowing that each of us can continue tofocus our energies on what we do best because there are so many extraordinarypeople our there covering the other bases.” More than 900 people attendedTEDxDU, an independently organized event licensed by TED, an organizationthat arranges for leading thinkers to share “ideas worth spreading.”
Volume 33, Number 10
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 Just peachy 
Kaiser Permanente and DU areteaming up to offer a new FarmFresh 2 Go program, where employ-ees can sign up to have fresh,organic, regionally grown fruits andvegetables delivered to you on cam-pus. It’s $15 for a small box, $25 fora large box, or $20 for a fruit-only box. You can place orders online ona week-by-week basis or sign up foran ongoing subscription. ContactYong Sin Kim for more informationat yongsin.kim@du.edu.
DU-area burglar draws maximum 60-year sentence
Tarius Laquan Simes, dubbed the DU burglar or a series o brazen early-morning burglaries that targeted students and young people living near campus, was sentenced to 60 years in stateprison May 6 in Denver District Court.“I have no doubt in my mind that i Mr. Simes hadn’t been caught, he’d still be out committingburglaries,” Judge Robert McGahey Jr. (JD ’74) said in passing sentence. “I I gave you any less time than I’m giving you, Mr. Simes, I would depreciate the seriousness and signicance o what you did to the community and to these people.”The sentence was the maximum under a plea agreement with prosecutors in which Simesadmitted to counts o rst-degree burglary, aggravated burglary and second-degree burglary, ore-going trial or the dozen or so burglaries that investigators believed he committed over more thana year.Simes, 13 days short o his 34th birthday, could have received 40 years in exchange or hisadmissions, which was the amount his attorney, A. Kate Bouchee, requested. Bouchee maintained that Simes was driven to commit his crimes by the “impulsive pulls and tugs” o a bipolar disorder  that went untreated.“Mr. Simes has been extremely remorseul o his actions,” Bouchee said, adding that he coop-erated with police, admitted sole responsibility and never used a weapon.But Judge McGahey was having none o that, agreeing with prosecutor Rebekah Melnick (JD’04) that Simes had stalked his victims, planned his crimes, and terrorized the DU community and the city as a whole because he elt “thrilled by it.”“You didn’t just steal laptops and jewelry and telephones and iPods,” McGahey said. “You stolesaety, you stole comort, you stole joy. Home means something to people in this country. It is aplace o reuge, a place o saety. You ripped that away rom these people. And you terried them while you did it.”Simes, shackled and handcued throughout the proceedings, listened without apparent emo- tion to a litany o written statements that spoke o the ongoing trauma suered by the victims o hisburglaries, some o whom he had conronted in their beds.
 —Richard Chapman
Communication students are getting Wiki
 Wikipedia now has 24 new entries thanks tostudents taking courses in the University o Denver’sDepartment o Media, Film and Journalism Studies.It was an assignment as part o Assistant Proes-sor Christo Demont-Heinrich’s News Writing andReporting class and Associate Proessor Lynn Scho- eld Clark’s Innovation in Media and Communica- tion class.“We want our students to be content creatorsrather than just content consumers,” Clark says.Clark realized when teaching a media history course that her students oten cited Wikipedia as areerence. She wanted the students to understand that they also could be an inormation source.Chelsea Clement, a junior communications major rom Michigan, chose to write about a skiarea near her small town o Gobles. Clement says she was excited to complete the project, butnervous to have something so public go live. According to Alexa.com, which ranks Web sites in terms o usage, Wikipedia is the sixth most used site in the world.“I was surprised I could do it, and it was much simpler than I expected,” says Clement, who is in Demont-Heinrich’s class.Demont-Heinrich says this is just one more example o how the eld o journalism ischanging.“We have to revamp our classes to refect the changing media environment,” Demont-Hein-rich says. “It is increasingly and radically shiting to online journalism.”
 —Kristal Grifth
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Pearl Street BrewGrassfestival kicks offsummertime twin bill
I 10 hours o guitar picking isn’t enough toleave you grinning, you’ve been out on the back porch way too long.Come noontime June 12, tie up Ol’ Blue,slap on that tattered Red Man cap and wander down to the 1200 block o South Pearl Street atBuchtel Boulevard. For ve bucks, you can toe- tap, knee-slap and nger-pop to some o the bestbluegrass tunes this side o West Virginia. Maybeeven buy yoursel a beer or two.It’s BrewGrass time, the annual transorma- tion o South Pearl’s concrete and curbs into aneight-band gathering o down-home musical tal-ent that will do their best to knock your socks o until well ater the cows come home.Headlining the street estival is Great American Taxi, an oshoot o celebrated Boulder band Letover Salmon that the group’s websitecalls “a swinging concoction o swampy blues,progressive bluegrass, unky New Orleans strut,Southern boogie, honky-tonk country, gospeland good ol’ ashioned rock ’n’ roll.”Other bands on the bill include Fort Collins-based Head or the Hills, the Jim LauderdaleBluegrass Trio, Nation Beat, Hoots andHellmouth, the Grant Gordy Quartet, Oakhurstand Loose Cannon.BrewGrass is sponsored by the Old SouthPearl Association, which uses proceeds or variousimprovement projects. The estival site is abouta block west o the Louisiana-Pearl RTD station.Show your validated light-rail ticket or RTD passand get $1 o the $5 admission (kids under 12are ree). Since there’s no RTD garage at the siteand parking in the neighborhood is limited, public transportation may be the best way o getting to the estival, says organizer Nicole Jarman. Also, since the street can get hot, patronsare asked to keep their pets at home, she says.Some shade tents will be available, but since8,000 or more people are expected over thecourse o the day, it’s best to wear a hat andsunscreen. Chairs and blankets are welcome andplenty o ood and retail booths will be availablein addition to 11 crat brewers and wine andlemonade stands. About a month ater BrewGrass, its summer  twin will take center stage. Blues & Brews, aneight-band blues bash eaturing headliner JanivaMagness, is scheduled or July 10 at the SouthPearl Street location.>>www.oldsouthpearlstreet.com
 —Richard Chapman
Student given violin for use during school at Lamont
Royce Lassley calls it a git rom God.Lassley, a reshman violin perormance major, had been playing an instrument given tohim by a previous teacher.Then his teacher at Lamont, Yumi Hwang-Williams, told him the instrument was holdinghim back. A quality violin, Hwang-Williams explains, “has the right overtone, so students canlearn to play in tune and produce and project a beautiul sound.”There was one problem. Lassley didn’t have the money to buy a quality violin. So, hestarted writing to violin makers in all 2009.“I come rom a not wealthy background,” Lassley explains. “We never had enoughmoney to aord an instrument.” And then Charles Runo, o Runo Violins, stepped in. A violin maker since 1974, Runosays he gets many requests or help rom deserving people, but cannot help everyone. Yet,something about Lassley touched him.He called Hwang-Williams to hear her thoughts and was impressed that a prominentmusician had such a connection with her student. He decided Lassley deserved a break andhas loaned Lassley a violin indenitely.Hwang-Williams says she can identiy with Lassley. He was introduced to the violin in 6thgrade but wasn’t able to play regularly until 8th grade. Hwang-Williams got a later start playing the violin as well, using an instrument provided by a public school in Philadelphia.She met Lassley in September 2008 as a resident instructor at Fort Hays State Universityin Hays, Kan. When Lassley showed up a year later to audition or Lamont, she was impressedby the improvements he had made.The violin loan even includes servicing; Lassley will send the violin back to Runo eachyear to make sure the instrument is in good condition.Lassley got his ngers on the instrument during an April 23 presentation at DU’s HamiltonRecital Hall. Joe Docksey, director o DU’s Lamont School o Music, also took the opportunity to trumpet Runo’s kindness.“[Runo] is a wonderul person and [violin] maker,” Docksey said.
 —Kristal Grifth

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