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Q: Emily, I’ve been extremely stressed during this semester. What should I do to keep my stress levels in check?

Get Outside!

There is something cleansing to the mind, body, and soul when you immerse yourself in the outdoors. Living in Colorado, we are blessed with unlimited hiking, biking, fishing, and everything in between. Take advantage of it! My favorite thing to do is pack up the car with my little sidekick puppy and drive up into the mountains and go on a long hike.

Grand Mesa

Take this time to allow yourself to completely forget about work, school, and other stressors. Simply focus on the way the leaves sound when the breeze ripples through them. Feel the warm sunshine or the cold, crisp fall air on your face. Being in nature is almost intoxicating and it is the best escape.

Grand Mesa

Remember, when you sweat and raise your heart rate, you lower your stress levels! So don’t be afraid to really get yourself moving. Amp up your hiking speed or choose trails that are more advanced. Now that’s not to say to push yourself to the limit and completely exert yourself, but really get moving. If you are a beginning hiker (or biker or whatever you may be doing) remember not to push yourself too hard. You want to work up a good sweat and get those endorphins kicking in, but you don’t want to get a head rush and pass out. With anything you do, find your limits and but don’t push them too hard.

Grand Mesa

My favorite hiking destination is the Grand Mesa, but especially Old Mesa Creek, which actually used to be the old ski resort! Another favorite of mine is up in Dominguez Canyon at the Bridgeport trail head. You will find an amazing waterfall during your hike that you can stand under (granted that it is summertime).

For more places to visit outside as well as inside, check out the Grand Junction Visitor’s Center website HERE.

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Emily White is a Junior at Colorado Mesa University majoring in Mass Communication with a minor in Business. Be sure to check out her weekly column HERE.
Kayla Niksic, Photographer, KMSA

Kayla Niksic promos the 2014 Colorado Mesa University Cross Country Team.

Go and support your Mavs when CMU hosts its Cross Country invitational on October 25th!

Oct 16 2014

The Avalanche New Age

Patrick Roy came into the season with one goal in mind, a Stanley Cup. With young talent surrounding the Avalanche core, the future looks bright. Fans were skeptical when the Avalanche did not resign Paul Stastny, a top-liner and a leader of the young Avalanche team. Critics were put to rest when Jarome Iginla inked his name into the Avalanche lineup over the offseason. Iginla lead all free agents in goals with 30, a feat that no Avalanche player reached last year. Sakic stated, “He is one of the top goal scorers of all time, as well as a great leader. His addition will bolster our offense.”

The acquisition of third line center Danny Briere will also help round out this explosive Avalanche offense. Briere is entering his 17th season in the NHL. At 37 years of age, his career is slowly coming to an end. The Avalanche acquired Briere for the simple fact that he is a consistent veteran. With 300 career goals and almost 400 assists, Briere shows a diverse ability on the ice.

The last notable signing came on the defensive side of the ice. Fourteen year NHL veteran Brad Stuart was added to the mix in hope of a consistent defensive effort. Stuart is very versatile in his game. He can play top defensemen minutes and he can execute on the penalty kill, a category that the Avalanche have been consistently great in.

How would these acquisitions play out?

The Avalanche opened their season in an away game against the Minnesota Wild. For many of the Avalanche players, it was redemption time after the Minnesota Wild cut the Colorado Avalanche season short with a game 7 overtime victory in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. Redemption would have to wait. The Wild came out and crushed the Avalanche 5-0 in the first meeting of the 2014-15 season. The Avs were beat, but not broken. The Wild then went on to shutout the Avs again the following game. This time, the loss came on home ice. It was a kick to the gut for Avalanche fans and players alike. Frustration and uncertainty loomed over the Avs season. The Avalanche started last season with 12 wins in 13 games. Now, the Avalanche had two check-marks in the loss column.

After the home-and-home series against the Wild, the Avs headed on the road to play the team that landed themselves in first place at the end of the 2013-14 season, the Boston Bruins. With 80 games left, the coaches of both teams decided to start their backup goaltenders. This allows the backup goaltenders to become adjusted to the fast pace intensity of the regular season very early. Reto Berra of the Colorado Avalanche took his place between the pipes as the Boston faithful illuminated the TD Garden with chants of excitement; an intimidating factor for a young goalie. With time winding down in the third period, both goalies put on a show with their nail-biting saves. The score stood at 1-1 through the first 59 minutes of play. The resiliency that the Avs showed throughout the game proved to work in the end. Newly added teammate, Danny Briere, buried the Avalanche game winning goal with half a second left in the third period. The Avalanche won their first game of the season, and the frustration and pressure eased off the young team.

On paper, the Avalanche are arguably the most skilled and well-rounded team. Although they lack playoff experience, the addition to these new veterans should help them succeed in crunch time situations. Avalanche fans should be excited to watch such a young and talented team give their all through all 82 games.

Zach Rosenberg, Writer, KMSA


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The winner will be announced on Facebook on Saturday!


Steven Markowitz, better known as Hoodie Allen, is a 26-year old rapper. He’s from New York, and launched his music career back in 2009 with various mix tapes, before releasing an EP in 2012, which brought him to the forefront of the music world. His latest album, All American, featured eight songs, with his most popular song, “No Interruption.” All American broke into the Billboard Top Album’s at rank #10 and the album rose to #1 on iTunes within hours of its release.  Hoodie Allen is a great rapper and he lived up to the hype when he rocked Colorado Mesa University at its annual fall concert.


The night featured Hoodie Allen as the main act, while bringing G-Eazy and Splyt along for the ride. Splyt, a rapper based out of Denver, fuses rap with dubstep. G-Eazy is from Oakland, California, and is up there along with Hoodie, making noise for his songs such as, “Loaded.”

Both Hoodie Allen and G-Eazy have hit the road together, in support of their new albums. G-Eazy’s new album, “These Things Happen,” was released on June 23rd of this year. Hoodie Allen’s new album, “People Keep Talking,” released on October 14th.


Each featured songs both old and new, giving the crowd something to look forward to. G-Eazy played well to his female fans; they sang along to his songs “Loaded,” and “Tumblr Girls.”

Once Hoodie walked on stage, you needed earplugs to drown out the screams from a largely female crowd. Old and new songs clashed, to put together one hell of a performance. He performed new songs off his album like, “Movie,” and “Dumb for You,” releasing soon.

Toward the end of the night, Hoodie performed one of his singles titled, “Cake Boy,”  while hurling cakes into the crowd. Later, Hoodie dropped freestyle verses including, but not limited to CMU President Tim Foster, local dive bar Sabrosas, and even the Tomlinson Library expansion. He closed the night with his biggest hit “No Interruption.” Everyone sang along with him, and at the end of the song, Hoodie and his band members grabbed water bottles and doused the crowd with water. He then walked in-between the stage and the barricade, to pose for selfies with the audience before closing out the evening.


Jess Kelly, Writer and Photographer, KMSA