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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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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

Emily WhiteAsk Em

Q: Hi Emily, I have been deciding on whether to get a job as a full time student. What should I consider when looking for a job?

Perhaps the most important thing you can do for yourself when finding the right job is to find a job that works with your school schedule. You need to ensure from your work that they understand that you are a full-time college student and your first priority is school. I speak from experience when I say that not every job actually understands this. At my previous job, (we won’t name names) they would constantly schedule me to work a shift when I would be in class. After confronting them about it, I was told, “Well you can’t get everything you want, Emily.” That just didn’t work for me. In fact, you CAN get everything you want, you just have to stand up for yourself and go and search for a job that allows you to have school as your first priority.

A great way to ensure this is to apply for Work Study or Student Assist on campus! There are many jobs available that are all right on campus, which makes it easy and very convenient.

To be eligible for Work Study, you have to first fill out a FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CMU will base your eligibility on financial need.

For those who don’t qualify for Work Study you still have options! Student Assist provides jobs through the school’s budget. An example of this is working Custodial for the Facilities Services on campus or as a Desk Attendant for a residence hall. For more information, click HERE.

A great benefit of Work Study or Student Assist is that not only do they work with your school schedule, they even have a maximum number of hours you can work during the school week so you don’t get overwhelmed. They make sure school is your first priority. After all, you are paying an ungodly amount for school, so if it’s not your first priority you need to stop and reevaluate.

There are also many other places off-campus that are always on the hunt for responsible, hard working college students. Job searching is very time consuming. You really have to make it a goal to go out everyday and apply to multiple places. Don’t just apply to five places and call it good. To find a job fast, you have to apply everywhere! Don’t limit yourself. I will go into more detail in my future columns about job searching and tips to land a job.

Remember to focus on your school responsibilities first and foremost and you will always be on the right path to success. Keep being a hard worker and you’ll find it pays off in more ways than one.

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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.