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The Sycamore

November 1, 2010
at Naropa University
Vol. II No. 5

Be Sure and Vote, Naropa!

Editorial Board

Tomorrow is Election Day and, there are years. Taken together, this measure will save
three state measures on the ballot this cycle the average taxpayer a mere $274 annually,
that make voting imperative for each mem- while fixing Colorado in its current infrastruc-
ber of our community. State Constitutional ture - unable to build for a population that
Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 has grown by 20 percent in the past decade.
are designed to drastically cut tax revenue for
local and state government. However, should Proposition 101 proposes reductions in
any of these measures be passed, there will be taxes and fees in three ways: reducing state
dire consequences for public schools and jobs. income from 4.63 to 4.5 percent, eliminat-
ing taxes and fees associated with vehicle
Constitutional Amendment 60 proposes a 50 purchases and registration, and getting rid
percent cut of local property taxes on private of all taxes on telecommunication services.
homes and businesses over the next decade. In
addition, the measure also requires public enti- To begin, reducing the state’s income tax even
ties of all kinds – such as state universities – to by 0.13 percent will remove $1.45 billion from
begin paying property taxes; the revenue from the state’s general budget within 10 years,
these entities will then allow for additional tax which, when coupled with Amendment 60,
cuts for the surrounding private properties. further reduces the funds available for public
education. In addition, eliminating fees on
This measure will prove costly to public edu- vehicle purchases and registration will limit
cation throughout the state. Local property the state’s ability to maintain its current roads
taxes provide nearly half of the funding for and bridges systems. If both this measure and
school districts and, with such deep cuts, Amendment 61 are passed, not only will the
there will be a mass reduction in the num- state be unable to finance new transportation
ber of teachers serving students, resulting in projects, but it will also be unable to maintain
a considerable increase in classroom sizes in its current infrastructure. Lastly, the provision
K-12 education. Students attending schools to eliminate all telecommunication fees, with
in economically poor areas where property the exception of the 911 surcharge, will col-
taxes are already low will feel the greatest im- lectively cost state and local governments $378
pact from these cuts, with even less money million in revenue annually. The loss of this
for teachers. Additionally, levying property income will force the state to layoff police of-
taxes on public entities such as state universi- ficers, fire fighters, teachers, as well as reduce
ties will likely be offset by increased tuition or eliminate maintenance of telephone and
and decreased financial aid for students. Internet services in rural parts of the state.

While proponents of this measure con- In sum, each initiative is presented as an effort
tend that the state government would be to save the taxpayer money during the reces-
responsible for providing the $1.5 billion sion. And, indeed, if all three measures are
difference in revenue, this argument is ren- passed, the average taxpayer earning $35,000
dered moot by the simple reality that the annually will save roughly $1,300 in the first year
state does not have these funds. Last year, in taxes and fees. However, the public costs
the state cut $270 million alone from pub- of said “savings” will be severe, lessening the
lic schools in order to balance its budget. quality of nearly all public services provided
by the State of Colorado. These cuts will only
Constitutional Amendment 61 prohibits all further exacerbate the state’s struggling econ-
borrowing by the State of Colorado and re- omy as tens of thousands of publicly funded
quires local governments to receive voter ap- employees will lose their jobs, limiting their
proval for each project as well as limiting the ability to contribute to their local economy.
government to loans with a maximum 10-years
payback term. While restricting the ability of At their best, these measures are fiscally myo-
government to take on debt seems prudent, pic and dangerous. As members of a gov-
in actuality, it would result in a stagnant state erned society, we pay our tax dollars in ex-
unable to finance new public projects. States change for an array of public services that
must borrow in order to cover the massive ex- may not benefit each of us individually, but
pense of building new schools, bridges, and are nevertheless invaluable to ensuring the
roads. Moreover, because localities would be greater good. Thus, each member of our
limited to loans with 10-year terms, the bor- community should vote against these mea-
rowing costs would be prohibitive – the equiv- sures tomorrow. Doing so would not only be Cover Art by Kyrie Boyarski
alent of having to pay a 30-year mortgage in 10 prudent, it would be an act of public service.
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University Hires Designated Crisis Counselor, Part-Time,
for the First Time
Mohammad Usman

Crisis Counseling is officially institutionalized at Naro- described a situation in which an individual might be in a
pa. The University has created a part-time Crisis and “heightened emotional state or might harm themselves,
Outreach Counselor position to join the On-Campus or both.”
Counseling Center’s team. This decision is part of an
administrative effort to transition crisis management to With the third component, Psycho-Education, Small is
trained personnel and away from Dean Cillo and others “collaborating with the different departments” as well as
in the Student Affairs Office. “communicating with students” to determine the areas
in which education is needed.
Chosen for this new 20-hour-a-week position is Ms.
Stephanie Small. Small, who assumed her responsibili- With this effort, Small will be distributing an electronic
ties in early October, received her B.A. from Yale Uni- survey to students via SurveyMonkey to gather data on
versity and her M.S.W from Smith College’s School of such “needs.” Following the data collection phase, the
Social Work. She has been in the counseling field since Counseling Center will invite speakers to the campus to
2002. Professionally her background includes an array talk on varying areas within Psycho-Education. Small
of experiences in crisis counseling, such as rotations on added that the survey would be “incentivized so that the Stephanie Small -
crisis management teams, conducting patient evaluations first 30 people to respond will receive a gift certificate to
in hospital ERs, and crisis specific work at Psychiatric a coffee shop.”
Units. would follow up with the student during normal office
Summarizing the student services component of her re- hours.
Small is completely new to the Naropa community – she sponsibilities, Small was careful to note that she is not a
neither holds nor is pursuing a degree at the University, long-term counselor. “I am here for people who are in a For now, Small finds herself located in an office with-
unlike the majority of her colleagues at the Counseling crisis, but [for those] wanting resources for longer term in the Student Affairs suite on the Arapahoe Campus.
Center, and is also non-native to Boulder. therapy…I’m pushing the counseling center,” she said. Ironically, she occupies (if only temporarily) the office
that was once held by the individual who was Naropa’s
Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, Small’s prior The Counseling Center does, indeed, provide medium- de-facto crisis counselor, Sandhya Luther. (Ms. Luther,
experience in Colorado includes work as an over-the- term counseling for students, including six-sessions with who was the University Assistant Dean and Diversity
phone holistic-nutritionist counselor and a free-lance a counseling intern who is completing his or her train- Advocate, was dismissed this past summer, along with
writer. Small also manages a nutrition counseling web- ing required by the University’s various Psychology M.A. 22 other individuals as part of the University’s effort to
site – programs. cut the budget by $1.4 million.)

In describing the responsibilities of the Crisis and Out- In addition to the resources offered on campus, Small Small, however, envisions a brighter future for herself
reach Counselor position, Small noted three, “Support, is also working to establish a 24-hour crisis hotline for at Naropa – “I’d like to stay here for a while,” she com-
Crisis Triage, and Psycho-Education.” Support is en- Naropa students. The service, which would be pro- mented. When asked whether her position would be
compassing of general counseling – “anyone can drop vided by an outsourced company, would offer an over- made full-time, she responded with optimism – “I hope
in and get support,” according to Small – and crisis man- the-phone clinician who could speak with individuals so! It needs to be, definitely.” Still, acknowledging the
agement. In explaining what constituted a crisis, Small in crisis. Subsequent to the phone conversation, Small circumstances she admitted, “But that’s not up to me….”

Sustainability Day
Christina Meares
Contributing Writer
hind the Arapahoe campus. The students filled four and vegan entrees as well as desserts for all who attended
full-sized trash bags with various discarded items. the event. The group plans to submit all of their origi-
Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal, calls it nal recipes, such as “The Mean Gleaned Green Autumn
mindfulness. Chad Brown, an Interdisciplinary Studies At noon participants funneled into the Performing Arts Soup” and “Just Beet It,” to The Turning Leaf, Naro-
student, considers it a matrix of healthy lifestyle choic- Center past a drum performance by Naropa student Leo pa’s Environmental Studies newsletter, for publication.
es. Sarah Davis, an Environmental Studies major, de- Drake-Hutchison and were welcomed with speeches Several booths were set up in PAC, including out-
scribes it as an individual decision to do what one feels by Ana Lucía Fariña, Naropa’s Environmental Studies side organizations such as Ecocycle and ReDi-
will help the environment. These are just a few of the Graduate Assistant, and Nathaniel Janowitz, Naropa’s rect Guide Sustainable Business Directory, as
definitions of sustainability you may have heard float- Sustainability Coordinator. Other contributions to the well as Naropa groups including Naropa’s Green
ing around Naropa University’s campus on Sustainabil- main event included two nature poem readings by Mark Team, R.O.O.T, and the Naropa Bike Shack.
ity Day. These diverse meanings are weaved together Wilding on Diversity, Resilience, and Sustainability.
by the desire to love and care for the Earth. Students, Dania Walker, an undergraduate Environmental Stud-
staff, faculty, and visitors were given various opportuni- Community Kitchen, a Naropa student group who seeks ies student, ran the Cultural Survival letter-writing
ties to act on behalf of the Earth during the day’s events. to prepare and provide local, organic food for Naropa’s campaign table where participants had the oppor-
events, did just that on Sustainability Day. According tunity to write and send letters to the Prime Minis-
Naropa’s student group R.O.O.T. (Reconnecting On to Laureal Boston, Naropa undergraduate student and ter of Papua New Guinea urging him to fight against
Outer Terrain) commenced the day’s events at 10:30 member of Community Kitchen, the group gleaned the dumping of toxic waste into the waters of in-
AM with an hour-long creek cleanup attended by nine various vegetables from Oxford Gardens, a local farm in digenous peoples who live along the Ramu River.
students who collected trash along Boulder Creek be- North Boulder. The group provided several vegetarian Continued on Page 3
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Naropa Witnesses Innocence

Rebecca Koval plant. Waqlimi’s organ was a perfect match; however, au-
Staff Writer thorities would not permit him to leave prison in order
to donate his kidney. Nine days after Waqlimi’s request
was denied, Wooly passed away. According to Waqlimi,
On Monday, October 18, Witness to Innocence and
“My death sentence was carried out on my brother.”
Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
teamed up to sponsor a speaking event at Naropa with
In addition to this, when Waqlimi’s death warrant
two former death row inmates: Shabaka Waqlimi and
was signed in 1983, his mother suffered a stroke
Derek Jameson. Waqlimi and Jameson spoke to the
which left her permanently paralyzed on her left side.
Naropa community about their horrific experiences on
death row and their eventual exoneration and release.
Waqlimi and Jameson explained that life without parole is
a better option than executions. If inmates are kept alive,
In 1973, 23 year-old Shabaka Waqlimi (then Joseph
there is at least a chance they can eventually be released
Green Brown) was given two life sentences as well as
if they are found to be innocent. Since the majority of
the death penalty for robbery, rape, and murder. Even
those on death row are poor, they do not have the means
though Waqlimi was innocent, he ended up spending
to pay for a lawyer. Court-appointed attorneys that death
14 years on Florida’s death row. He was exonerated in
row inmates are given typically do not have much skill;
1987 - a mere 13 hours before his scheduled execution.
for instance, Waqlimi’s lawyer was a mere three years
out of school. It is a rarity that an experienced lawyer
Courtesy of Witness to Innocence Project
will pick up a poor person’s case for free. As a result,
death row inmates sometimes end up getting executed Jameson stated that, “God sent me angels.” In addition
for crimes they did not commit. Jameson stated that he to the support from his family and community, there
saw friends executed who he believed were innocent. were many people who worked on his case throughout
his time on death row. However, the two men’s expe-
When looking at the moral issues surrounding the riences deeply affected them. According to Jameson,
death penalty, Waqlimi asked the audience a very poi- “What we experienced wasn’t ‘normal’, so how can we
gnant question: “Is all life sacred or just a few?” Both be ‘normal?’ You’re looking at a miracle right here.”
men agreed that the only answer to the question of Waqlimi agreed by stating that anyone who experienc-
capital punishment is complete abolition. In states es life on death row “can’t help but be a little special.”
that still have the death penalty, the Governor is the When asked if they have been able to forgive the jus-
only person who has the power to sign a death war- tice system and whether or not reparations would suf-
rant. According to Waqlimi, “Why should one per- fice, Waqlimi stated, “Where is our retribution? We were
son be given the right to say who lives and who dies? violated. I don’t think you can put a dollar on what hap-
Who makes the governor any wiser than us? As long pened to us. Why should we forgive? The wrong was per-
as human hands are involved, a mistake will be made.” petuated against us and our families.” Jameson, however,
had a somewhat different take. He stated, “Anger eats at
Both men also discussed how difficult it is to main- you and I don’t need that in my life. There comes a time
tain sanity while on death row. Waqlimi could hear when all it does is create suffering.” However, he also
Courtesy of Witness to Innocence Project the electric chair being tested twice a day and was stated with regards to Ohio’s practice of executing peo-
measured for his burial suit as the day of his ex- ple, “I can’t forgive them, because they’re still doing it.”
Derek Jameson spent nearly 20 years on death row in
ecution approached. He asked the audience, “How
Ohio before he was eventually released in 2005. De-
do you express this to another human being?” Waqlimi and Jameson are currently working with Wit-
spite the fact that Jameson lived through this hor-
ness to Innocence, a non-profit that sponsors speaking
rific ordeal, his mother and father did not - they
Jameson pointed out that the country is execut- events around the country with death row exonerees.
both passed away while he was incarcerated. To this
ing mentally ill people. Inmates who lived in his
day, Jameson believes that the stress and turmoil
hallway were committing suicide and were los- For more information on Witness to In-
caused by his situation is ultimately what killed them.
ing their minds to the point where they had forgot- nocence visit:
ten who their family members were. Many inmates
Throughout the talk the two men discussed how the
he knew did not even recognize their own lawyers. Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is cur-
families of the murdered are not the only victims when it
rently looking for volunteers in order to put an end to exe-
comes to capital punishment - so are the families of the
When asked by an audience member how the two of cutions in Colorado. To learn more visit:
people on death row. Waqlimi recounted the tragic story
them managed to maintain their sanity, both men re-
of how in 1979 his brother Wooly needed a kidney trans-
plied that it was because of strong support networks.

Sustainability in Action
Continued from Page 2

with a brief speech and a question-and-answer session. noise,” has been playing for forty years, and participated
“Letter writing is virtually dead, it needs to come back. “I love Naropa, I was invited here and I care about envi- in the event because he considers it to be a good cause.
We are losing our humanity through e-mails and text ronmental issues,” said Waylon when asked what brought During the performances, attendees also had the op-
messages,” said Walker. “I do what I do with these him to Naropa’s Sustainability Day events. “It is inspir- portunity to participate in greenhouse and garden tours.
letter campaigns because I like to feel like I can reach ing to hear from students and teachers. I feel like I am
across the seas, I can send a letter across the world putting out information all the time, that’s why I opened
and somebody has to open it up, read it, and know my time up for questions from you. Every time I come
that someone in the U.S. is aware of what is going on.” to Naropa I really get more than I give. It’s inspiring.”
The event was brought to an end with musical perfor-
Waylon Lewis, founder of the sustainability-based online mances by Mason Brown and Emma Beck. Brown,
publication Elephant Journal, concluded the main event who identifies his music as “some old-fangled hillbilly
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Student Group Spotlight: Community Kitchen

Ania Chapska
Staff Writer
inspiration.” Bree works with Debbie
While reading Alice Walker’s “We Are Young (head of the Early Childhood
the Ones We Have Been Waiting For” Education department) on international
in Professor Sudarshan’s Peace Studies issues, and is majoring in Peace Studies.
class, Theresa Karsner and Bree Hugins Laureal Boston is a “garden guru Earth
became inspired to become the ones the Goddess.” She “makes a mean stew” and
world at Naropa had been waiting for. hopes to one day educate the younger
They played with the idea that if two population on permaculture. Theresa
families were fighting a war and both sat Karsner is an aspiring photographer who
down for dinner together, maybe the war wants “Justice to prevail”. Amanda Krall
would cease to exist and new friendships is their “grounded Earth.” She helps
and community would ripen. Thus, the keep the group on track and “rocks out
spark for Community Kitchen was ig- squash like never seen before.”
The group meets on the last Thursday of
The founders of Community Kitchen every month at 6:00 pm in the student
believe that anything can be solved over lounge.
a cookie and a conversation. Their goal A general meeting lasts anywhere from Courtesy of Witness to Theresa Karsner
is to discuss current affairs, both around 1-2 hours. It includes discussions on pate in the culinary fiesta. food. We love everyone. Come, come,
the world and at school, over a scrump- what’s hot on campus, worldly concerns, come!”
tious meal prepared by the “Kitcheners” event planning, and participants’ duties *Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free op-
out of fresh local produce. and assigned responsibilities. When they tions are available at every meal.* For interest in participation, please con-
meet to cook, there is a lot of dancing, tact Theresa Karsner at tkarsner@stu-
About the participants: chopping, and magic happening in the To those who are interested, the founders
kitchen. They cook in respective house- say “Otis Redding never knew he would
Bree Hugins is a “cupcake machine of holds, but anyone is welcome to partici- be singing to the creation of yummy

Creative Naropa
Excerpt from Deformable Mirror
Brent L. Smith
Contributing Writer

Sleep is no friend tonight. parties again. A proper eye for the coming storm. with at the Rainbow and Viper Rooms, friends I shared
Moving away from that place, though, going to college a shimmering skyline with, friends I did bad things with,
It’s 2:13 AM and I stare out my window at the dark and moving across different borders and other Ameri- friends I escaped and disconnected with.
clouds drifting across the vast Colorado sky that for jar- can mindsets I began seeing its reflection. Some kind of
ring instances at a time flash in hues of neon blue, real- a faded ripple from that first splash. And though I take I see their pictures now. Their shenanigans at Coachella,
izing I’m in some foreign land on a distant planet. I’ve note during moments of consciousness in various so- their neon-colored squirt gun fights backstage at a Dim
never heard of, let alone seen, “dry lightning” before. I cial circles (people plaid and headbands and v-necks and Mak concert tour, their candid faces caught in the flashes
was told “it occurs when the rain produced by thunder- drinking PBR and taking Polaroid pictures and throwing of Cobrasnake’s Canon Rebel T1i or maybe it’s a Canon
storms falls through a substantial layer of very dry air -- oh god -- “hipster parties” while adopting Valley ac- 1Ds Mark III or maybe it’s a Nikon D3X. Animal print
which evaporates the precipitation before it reaches the cents) it still resembles nothing that I know as home. Its and cardigans under leather and makeshift tube tops and
ground.” Dry lightning is the most common cause of reflection. Something deformed. oversized Diesel Black Gold shirts floating on delicate
wild fires. And then I think of the place I’m from, nev- frames and studded jean jackets and nylons and polyes-
er-ending canyon fires and corroded foundations. This We have nothing to parody. We have nothing to emulate. ter/rayon tank tops and frayed jean shorts and tattoos
is when Edgar Cayce’s prophecy of the place I’m from We have nothing to reflect. and jewelry galore all orbiting the chosen ones of the
comes to me. I never gave it thought after I read it years west coast badlands. And I hate that I am so nostalgic
ago until now. The California and the Baja Peninsula will We are why DJ’s have jobs again. We are why American and covetous. I hate that these things are home. I hate
disappear during a series of intense earthquakes. Los Apparel shirts are $28. All we wanted was for Sunset that I can no longer live this life I’ve carefully crafted
Angeles will be only one of several notable cities that Blvd. to glitter again. And as I think about when Jack out here, hidden by monstrous mountain ridges and pro-
will not exist afterwards. Spicer wrote the words “We are a coast people. There tected by the love I’ve cultivated with Karen and with
is nothing but ocean out beyond us,” I suddenly realize my studies in World Literature. I was to be a scholar,
I’m often jealous of my parents’ youth: New Wave mu- the gravity of it, and where it takes the rest of the world. a PhD maybe, a grey professor with 3-piece suits and
sic while on the road to excess, and the only worry was pocket watches and an author of a thousand works --
deciding which model Mercedes to use. 20 minutes ago I sifted through the posted Facebook pic- nonfictional inquiries into the nature of this world. But
tures of my Los Angeles friends. Friends I used to play all of this is a lie. Is it true? One always reverting back
Crawling out of an early millennium that seemed to get little league with, friends I went to high school dances to what’s known? Maybe the world can be a better place,
off on the wrong foot, we were reaching for something. with, friends I got drunk for the first time with, friends I but this is not up to me. I’ve lived a lie, a really great lie.
Anything to drag us away from oil wars and terrorists and did coke for the first time with (in the bathroom of One- But westward gravitation always claims its children. The
Prozac and bad pop music and ecological doom. And Seven at Hollywood and Highland after we snatched the place of prophecies. I am going back to the place I am
then, somewhere in the darkness, something grasped VIP bracelet off of Shia Labeouf then of Disney fame from and I am going to die.
onto us. Suddenly fashion and music and pessimism was because we went to summer camp with him and he didn’t My eyelids flicker as dark clouds continue illuminating.
transformed, refracted, and there was a reason to throw tell us no), friends I snuck into clubs with and saw ghosts Me and the silence. Flash... Flash... Flash... Flash....
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Uprooted Coffee Haikus

Mary Mouser
Arts Editor Lauren DeGaine
Staff Writer

An attempt to mend trace amounts of sorrow

with the strength of black paint--weeping.
I pace grace to humble my quaking spirit Hot breath of morning;
cracked open canyon in my chest.
ignite my brain, spark of life.
I trade the desire to be embraced by love
for the desire not to eat. Smell, taste, touch, pleasure.
I swap food for art and drink away the tears
until drunken, I speak.

I greet each day with hope and trust in the dreams I’ve slept in Cracking alive, you roast.
for all these years.
I hug irration with this logic A shock of warmth to my bones.
knowing ends begin with seasons change.
Sip the sensation.
Learning to live again like riding a bike for the first time.
I rode my bike into a ditch once and could not speak for weeks.

Drank too much and ate too little

until my weight meant nothing more than a toolbox
one wooden handled hammer
and three rusty old nails,
bent out of shape.

These four are enough to build a shelter

represent a compass--direction leads to a path worth taking
and a past worth keeping as a supplement for growth.

Head north, go east, tread west, face south and walk

until the cracking heels of the heart are stronger
than the ground beneath them.

Home again--the hearth is already warm.

Stomach Breathing
Stephanie Pollock notice my whole body shifts. Everything ter our digestion will be because we will stand the mind body connection, and
Staff Writer comes into alignment. My shoulders be digesting our life in a positive manner. feel better in their skin. Check out her
relax onto my back, my neck muscles website at
release, my lower back curve returns. Spend time just sitting and breathing today.
My breath keeps coming into major focus Breathe in. Breathe out. Place your hands
in my life. I have been noticing how much Most importantly, when I am breathing I on your belly and watch it rise and fall.
I tend to hold my breath. Protecting my- feel my stomach relax. I hear gurgles and This is a visual signifier that you are alive.
self, holding myself in, containing what the churning of muscles. My stomach is Relish in this simple act. Appreciate that
little control I feel I have over my life. I saying, “thank you for letting me work.” your body has this ability and notice how
find I am also not alone. I know so many When we hold our breath, we also build much easier it will be to digest your food.
people when you look at them they have tension in our stomachs and become tight
their shoulders raised up, their eyes brows in our hip flexors. The tighter our psoas Stephanie Mara Pollock is the founder
in action position, and you have to wonder (the muscle that surrounds the pelvis) be- of Active Therapy. As a Certified Health
are you waiting for an attack? Are we an- comes the tighter our stomach muscles Coach and Yoga Instructor, she pas-
ticipating the worst at all times? Is this our will be. Our psoas travel all the way up sionately works with individuals who
one means of control; our own breath? our mid sections and wraps around to our suffer from digestive and body image
backs. So the more you breathe, the bet- issues. Stephanie received her training
Breath is our constant companion. It is ter chance you will have at releasing these at the Institute of Integrative Nutri-
always there whether we like it or not. If muscles and lessening digestive resis- tion in New York City. She is certified
we try and hold our breath too long, our tance. With more breathe comes more by the American Association of Drug-
bodies will just pass out as a result so that life. The more you breathe the more you less Practitioners. Stephanie leads work-
the breath can return. I find when I let are tapping into your internal aliveness. shops on nutrition and offers individual
go of control and I trust life, my breath The higher our awareness is of our un- health and nutrition coaching to anyone
naturally flows. Inhale. Exhale. When tapped light, power, and wisdom, the bet- wanting to improve digestion, under-
my breath is naturally doing its thing, I
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For All Womyn

Theresa Karsner
Contributing Writer

Womyn is one of the top alternative spellings of the word reason why this story continues. The unconditional love fu-
“women.” This term has been used in present-day feminist eling this act comes from the Earth, from people who have
research and writing to emancipate womyn from a male- not asked permission for their freedom but reclaimed their
dominated language. true worth, especially womyn.

In a patriarchal society, it is hard for womyn and other op- Warriors, heroes, mothers, friends, brothers and daughters,
pressed groups to feel that their story is a part of the web I ask you to participate in this international agreement:
of life. History has been written through a male lens. Our
Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Pledge of Alle- “The CEDAW is a landmark international agreement that
giance, and Justice systems have been created and enforced affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equal-
by a minority of white males. I, in no way, am writing this ity for women around the world. CEDAW is a practical
to bash these males, nor do I wish to sugar coat the truth blueprint for each country to achieve progress for women
of what is and has been the reality of a gender binary. Both and girls. Ratification of CEDAW strengthens the United
males and females have suffered from this imbalance in our States as a global leader in standing up for women and girls.
culture. We cannot heal a wound that we pretend does not To date, 186 out of 193 countries have ratified the treaty.
exist. The United States is one of only seven countries—includ-
ing Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Nauru, Palau and Tonga—that
When I sit in nature I feel the wound. I understand birth, have not yet ratified CEDAW.”
life, and death. I see how each person holds a stake in creat-
ing our reality. I hear the “ancestral ring” that environmen- Act today!
talist Joanna Macy writes about in World as lover, World
as self. She states, “We find we are interwoven threads in Send your picture to Include
the intricate tapestry of life.” Each person is crucial to the your Full Name, City and State. You may also include an
whole tapestry of life. Womyn make up half of our world optional statement of your feelings around being a womyn
and for too long womyn have not been given the same or the importance of womyn in the ratification of CEDAW.
worth as men. We must give voice to the imbalance in life
and this love that holds each part of us. Get creative. Inspired. Empowered.

The following is for womyn: Your picture will then be placed on our website at www. and hung in the art show here at Naropa
We have made it to this miraculous moment: The visual in the Student Lounge on December 3rd. Sherri Marilena, CEDAW Petitioner
petition to ratify The Convention of the Elimination of All Courtesy of Witness to Theresa Karsner

Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It is Check out the amazing work CEDAW is doing for the in-
an act dedicated to the womyn of the world - the fierce ternational agreement at:
womyn who have been raped, beaten, mutilated, and ig-
nored. It is for the womyn who continue to fight, to give
birth, and live from their hearts. You are our heroes and the

In Review
“Skinny Bitch:” Two Vegans on One Little Soap Box
Lauren DeGaine
Staff Writer skinny, you have to get healthy. The women demand asked us, ‘So where do you get your protein?’ we’d be
you give up your smoking, drinking, caffeine and re- richer than Oprah.” Quotes like this are what make the
fined sugar habits. Then, they offer up yummy alter- book so enjoyable; they made me laugh out loud and
I heard about the book Skinny Bitch years ago, but natives – organic red wine (with No Sulfites Added), realize that trying to be healthy doesn’t have to be grim.
never consented to picking it up because it sounded fresh squeezed juice, and wholesome, natural junk food But some of the information is definitely heartbreaking,
like a shallow diet book for... dare I say it? Bitches! (“Guilt-free garbage that tastes so good, you’ll do na- like the section of the book that cites the FDA’s own
ked cartwheels in your living room,” as the ladies put it). Total Diet study, which found all the various pesticides,
It wasn’t until I read an article in VegNews about pollutants, and chemical residues in lunch meats and fast
a hot actress who decided to go vegan after read- They go on to discuss dairy and meat; my favor- food hamburgers. The information is upsetting because
ing it, and saw the book on the buy one get one fif- ite chapter, “You Are What You Eat,” describes the capable adults are not eating those foods – children are
ty-percent off rack, that I finally made it my own. horrifying, disgusting realities of the meat indus- the ones taking them to school in their lunch boxes.
try. The abuse and torture is so sickening and exten-
From the very first page I was absorbed. An incredibly sive that you would have to read the whole chapter In addition to information about pesticides in our meat,
quick read, this book is an eye-opener full of interesting to really understand. Here is one quote to give you dairy and even plants (although plants have 5-14 times
facts. Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin write a succinct an idea: “Animals hear the screaming and crying of less, according to the book), Freedman and Barnouin
and hilarious book that everyone can read – not just bitches. other animals being slaughtered and are terrified.” give startling facts – all backed by citations to scientific
articles, books, journals, doctors, and published authors
The book starts with a basic theme – in order to get “If we had a penny for every time some meathead Continued On Page 7
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– about dairy, protein myths, government agencies, ing and a complete source list of citations.
the inhumane and unsanitary aspects of the meat
industry and – woo hoo! – lots of good stuff, too. The girls also advise you to “keep your eyes peeled
on bad press for veganism. It’s usually planted by the
With chapters like “Have no Faith: Governmental industries that are threatened by the movement.”
Agencies Don’t Give a Shit About Your Health,” One of these studies, claiming that veganism was
“The Dead, Rotting, Decomposing Flesh Diet,” equivalent to child abuse, was funded by the Nation-
(in reference to the Atkins Diet, which promotes a al Cattleman’s Beef Association. That’s not sketchy!
low-carb, 86-fruit, high meat protein system) “Sug-
ar is the Devil,” and my personal favorite, “Don’t be I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone who
a Pussy,” the book may seem a little extreme. The says they can’t get enough protein without meat,
truth is, for the average American, it is. What Skin- but for the person who knows that there’s a more
ny Bitch is, is a no-nonsense discourse of the facts natural, humanitarian, healthy way to live and eat.
about food. It promotes a vegan lifestyle, backed
by evidence that it is the healthiest way to live. If you want to get started, this book is
The book finishes with a food list for break- a perfect kick in the ass – fat or skinny.
fast, lunch and dinner that will make you sprint
to Whole Foods, a month’s worth of daily
menus to help you get started, what to avoid
when reading ingredients, recommended read-


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