Children in Chains: Part III

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Sep 302004
Authors: Meg Burd

The story of Maya, as told on the Web site of Free A Child, is a

sadly all too common story for the girls in economically struggling

areas in places such as Nepal.

“Maya, barely 10 years of age, is a child who has been sold into

sexual slavery. She is beaten, burned, tortured, and deprived of

food, light and movement,” states the Web site,

Shipped to India to work in a Bombay brothel, Maya is a

representation of all the Nepalese girls who are trafficked into

the sex industry, today a global multi-billion dollar industry that

trades in the lives of human beings.

As examined in Parts one and two of this series, situations such

as Maya’s are devastatingly real and troublingly numerous, with

organizations such as the UNICEF estimating that more than 1

million children are forced into the sex industry, a majority of

them in Asia. These numbers may likely increase if child

pornography and other abuses are likewise taken into


While the UN and the U.S. State Department attempt to put

pressure on governments in places that have notoriously high levels

of human trafficking and child exploitation, as well as crack down

on Americans who participate in such “sex tourism,” there is also

work that is being done on a more grass roots level to stop this

global crime.

Kenlyn Kolleen, president of Free A Child, faced the question of

what might be done by a concerned citizen when she first read a

story detailing the magnitude of this crime. Returning from a trip

to India, she was moved to help stamp out this global crime,

volunteering with Free A Child.

“We present the light, the other end of it,” said Kolleen, of

the organization and others like it. “It’s just horrible, but it’s

good to hear about organizations that are doing things about


For Free A Child and other NGOs, working at a grassroots level

within a community is seen as a major way to stop the problem at

its roots. Partnering with a locally run organization in Nepal,

Kolleen stresses the importance of attacking the problem in the

area by first working to educate communities about this problem,

develop dialogue with the at-risk populations, and assist with

micro-economic projects designed to alleviate the poverty that

often serves as the push into slavery for many people.

In places such as Nepal where, Kolleen said, “women are a

burden, and to be born a girl is to be born, as many girls said,

cursed,” poverty may drive families to sell their girls into

slavery or else push women into the hands of traffickers as they

are promised well-paying jobs in India. To educate women and

families about the tragedies that await those who buy into the

false promises of the traffickers, Free A Child and its partner

organization GWP organizes street dramas in which local girls

communicate the horrors of trafficking to communities. Such groups

also serve to facilitate dialogue between the girls, who talk about

protecting each other from trafficking.

“What we’re hopefully doing is empowering these girls to talk to

each other, to tell their stories,” said Kolleen.

Similarly, investing in micro-economic projects designed by the

girls helps them become economically empowered, something Kolleen

sees as a central part to ending this crime.

Kolleen stresses that, while this problem is visibly rampant in

places such as Nepal, there is a growing situation of child sexual

slavery right here in America as well.

“We need to create a U.S. program – we don’t want to give the

impression that it’s just a third world problem,” Kolleen said.

Indeed, this problem is a devastatingly global one, and one that

is reaching into our own communities. As we see the problem of

child exploitation reaching into our own homes, we all hopefully

will be moved to do more to end this terrible crime. Besides

working with NGOs and other organizations such as Kolleen did, the

State Department offers tips for getting involved in battling this

crime. Such things include: increasing public awareness about

modern day slavery, asking our congressional and senatorial

representatives to pass anti-trafficking laws, and reporting

suspected trafficking cases, and of course supporting and assisting

groups that work to end human trafficking.

Putting a stop to child sexual slavery in both our country and

around the world is something we all must work towards. As Colin

Powell emphasized, “we have to work at it. It’s the worst kind of

human exploitation imaginable. How can we turn away?”

For a citizen action tip sheet on ending modern-day slavery,

please visit the U.S. State Department’s website at

For more information on Free A Child, please visit, email, or call


Meg Burd is a graduate student studying anthropology. Her column

runs every Friday in the Collegian.

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El Centro dance

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Sep 302004
Authors: Jared McCabe

Students learned more than dance moves Thursday evening at the

third annual Evening of Music and Dance.

The event, sponsored by El Centro Student Services, celebrated

Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 13, and

emphasized the importance of cultural understanding.

“Tonight’s program is a celebration of National Hispanic

Heritage Month. It is aimed at increasing your awareness about the

beautiful Latino culture,” said Guadalupe Salazar, director of El

Centro Student Services.

Dance and music not normally attributed to Hispanic culture were

also exhibited.

“It is important to understand that each one of these primary

influences…we have, () hundreds of unique sub cultural

characteristics as well,” Salazar said, citing Indigenous, African

and European cultures. “We all want the community to have an

awareness that music is a part of who we are.”

Isaiah Guerrero, an El Centro Alumni, believes many people tend

to stereotype Latinos.

“When people think of Hispanics they think of Mexico. Not all of

Latin America is Hispanic, and not all Latin Americans look the

same. This presentation is to show the cultural and indigenous

roots of what Hispanic people are all about,” he said.

Rich Salas, assistant director of El Centro, said music and

dance has always affected people.

“In cultures past and present, dance and music has been a means

of expressing emotions, ideas and customs that have significance in

the daily lives and history of people. Furthermore, from a

historical perspective, music and dance is a means of learning

insights about different people from all over the world,” Salas


Salas also stressed that the evening of dance was an opportunity

for minority students to gain a greater sense of identity and

better understand their heritage.

In addition to the cultural significance of the event, students

and community members danced for over an hour to the live music of

Kizumba, an Afro-Caribbean band.

“I have been dancing since I was in seventh grade. I love music,

especially Latin music; it is some of the best music to dance to,”

said Madeline Bryan, a freshman human development and family

studies major. “I enjoyed coming here and dancing tonight.”


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Campus Calendar

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Sep 302004


HOMECOMING: Green and Gold Day Events

11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wear Green and gold all day today to support our Rams

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inflatables on the Lory Student Center


11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pie-eating contest (on the hour)

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Water pong (on the half hour)

4 to 5 p.m. Advocacy offices open house (various offices in the

student center)

5 to 6 p.m. President’s reception

Join alumni, families, students and friends for a reception with

CSU President Larry Penley.

8 p.m. First Annual Talent and Variety Show, student center


9 p.m. Live Life Late, live trivia in the Ramskeller

Anthropology Seminar Series

2:30 p.m.

LSC 203-205

John Brett, a medical anthropologist will give a speech

entitled, “We Sacrifice in Order to Pay: Food Security, Health and

Neoliberal Microcredit schemes in La Paz, Bolivia.”

Mystery Science Theater 3000

7 p.m.

Associated Students of CSU Senate Chambers

Join us for free comedy as the MST3K crew ridicules The Phantom

Planet, in which astronaut focus on the good and the beautiful

aspects of landing on a chunk of Cracker Jack in space. Bring your

friend for lots of laughs.



7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

7 to 9 a.m. Free pancake breakfast, Alumni Center lawn, 645 S.

Shields St.

8 a.m. Homecoming 5K Race, begins at the Oval

9 a.m. Homecoming Parade, begins in Old Town and ends at Moby


2 p.m. Gospel Fest, student center theatre

8 p.m. CSU vs. Brigham Young Football Game, Hughes Stadium

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Pre-game drinking causes game-time injuries

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Sep 302004
Authors: Anne Farrell

The alcohol ban at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium has been

a controversial topic among Rams since CSU President Larry Penley

announced it on Sept. 9.

“I wish it didn’t have to be this way but I understand that

people aren’t responsible enough to handle that privilege,” said

Jenn Mullins, senior art major.

For two weeks, Ram fans have continued to find a way to drink

despite the new rule.

“It’d frustrating to be of legal age and not be able to buy

beer. Underage drinkers can still tailgate and it’s only making it

worse,” Dana Lamm, a junior speech communication major said.

Saturday’s game against Minnesota was fairly uneventful from a

law enforcement perspective and Capt. Bob Chaffee of the CSU Police

Department believes it had “a lot to do with the time of the game.”

Saturday’s game was at 1 p.m., giving students little time to

tailgate. Saturday’s Homecoming game against Brigham Young

University is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m., and Chaffee said he

expects more tailgating.

Chaffee said he has noticed people drinking more during

tailgating before games, but alcohol-related disciplines during the

game have remained relatively average compared to last year. There

were 13 emergency incidents at the Saturday’s game, 11 of which

were alcohol related.

For each game, Poudre Valley Hospital donates three ambulances,

three to five paramedics and anywhere from three to 70 emergency

medical technicians. There is also one physician on staff during

each game at the first-aid station.

On average there are 12 to 13 incidents at the first-aid station

during the game within the first and second quarters. By halftime,

most intoxicated people have begun to sober up and there are fewer

occurrences of falling down stairs and throwing up, said Lyle Huff,

ambulance supervisor for PVH.

“Alcohol is a problem,” Huff said. “Ninety-eight percent of the

incidents are alcohol related.”

At Saturday’s game there were three emergency transports, all of

which were alcohol related.

Any student contacted by police or ejected from a football game

must give the officer his or her name and student identification

number, said Anne Hudgens, executive director of campus life. The

student receives a purple card that instructs him or her to appear

in the Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services office on

the Thursday following the game.

At the office the student receives a letter containing

instructions about his or her disciplinary action. All students

contacted at games will have a follow-up disciplinary procedure,

even if it is a first-time offense. First-time offenders or those

with minor infractions may receive a warning or referral to an

alcohol or other related education program.

Repeat offenders may face a disciplinary hearing and lose the

privilege of attending football games. Students with a record of

offenses may face more serious discipline, ranging anywhere from

probation to university dismissal.

CSU officials want students to enjoy the football game rather

than focus on drinking.

“Football isn’t about getting so drunk that you can’t stand,”

Huff said.

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Alcohol Ads Remain at Hughes

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Sep 302004
Authors: Christiana Nelson

Alcohol has run dry for students at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes

Stadium, but alcohol advertisements still tap the stadium’s

football culture.

After the university suspended alcohol sales in student seating

at Hughes, pending the Feb. 1 report by the CSU Alcohol Task Force,

some students believe keeping alcohol advertisements at the stadium

is hypocritical.

“(The university) took away alcohol, but the signs are still

there and it is kind of like saying it’s OK, but we’re not going to

give it to you here. It’s almost like they are saying, ‘If you do

it behind our back, we’ll turn the other way,'” said Mark Rising, a

freshman sociology major.

Lena Withers, a senior political science major, agreed.

“It sends mixed signals to students that it is OK to get money

from alcohol for things we want, but it is not OK for you to drink

the alcohol – it just seems hypocritical, I guess,” she said.

A sponsorship contract with Coors Brewing Company still has

“several years” until it expires, and the university “has every

intention of pursuing” the alcohol company’s sponsorship in the

future, said Gary Ozzello, senior associate athletic director.

At Saturday’s home game versus Montana State, Jeremy Peterson

noticed large Coors posters underneath the new digital video board

and heard the Coors theme song during the game.

“It seems kind of pointless to have the posters up there when

they are not selling it. Why have it up if you can’t have it?” said

Peterson, a sophomore mechanical engineering major.

The athletic department recognizes the conflict and is working

with Coors to develop a responsible drinking campaign for stadium

alcohol advertisements, Ozzello said.

The theme song will no longer play at football games “due to the

sensitivity” of the alcohol issue at CSU, but the department still

hopes to remain partners with Coors, Ozzello said.

“Coors Brewing Company has been a great supporter of athletics

at Colorado State for more than three decades,” Ozzello said.

The six-figure revenue from Coors alcohol advertisements goes

toward producing athletic schedule cards, posters, media guides and

also sponsors the video board, Ozzello said.

“Coors is the most significant sponsor in the athletic

department, and even university-wide,” Ozzello said.

While Sam Bartlett, a junior English education major, disagrees

with the alcohol ban at Hughes, he believes shifting the focus of

advertising to drinking responsibly is a good idea.

“Obviously people are going to drink, but putting it in a light

of being more responsible is less hypocritical and sends a better

message to students,” Bartlett said.

Despite conflicting views, Pam McCracken, director for the

Center for Drug and Alcohol Education, believes the athletic

department is taking steps in the right direction to deal with

alcohol advertisements.

“This is an interesting dilemma … most likely if alcohol is to

be banned it should be banned everywhere,” McCracken said. “I think

working with the industry can prove to have win-win solutions and

that we need to explore all the options while working with the

industry (of) alcohol distributors.”

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A day with Nikki Giovanni

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Sep 302004
Authors: Krystle Clayton

The Diversity Summit ended with a visit from nationally

recognized poet, teacher and social activist Nikki Giovanni.

Giovanni was involved in a number of activities Thursday,

including a poetry workshop and a brown bag luncheon that included

an open dialogue with students.

Throughout the day Giovanni emphasized several points, one of

the most important to her was the education of the current

generation as well as the younger generation.

“Children of today are more sophisticated then they were when I

was a child,” Giovanni said. “They don’t need to be talked to like

idiots, they need to be respected.”

Giovanni underscored that in order to be adequately educated

people need to be integrated.

She also spoke of various social issues, including criticisms of

the government, prisons, the education system and humans as a

species in general.

While overtly blunt at times, the audience respected her views

with several rounds of applause and even laughter.

“Seeing her helped me realize that the black experience comes

from different backgrounds,” said Rich Hamilton, a senior English

major. “She pulled out all the stops, and her language was harsh

sometimes, but I don’t think she was trying to create a superior or

inferior construct (about race).”

Her views and opinions were also expressed through her work, as

seen when she read one of her poems called “We’re Going to Mars”,

which drew strong comparisons to slavery as related to going to a

new world and not being fully prepared.

Giovanni voiced her support for social change throughout the

day, and she said that there is something wrong with the world that

we live in where we can’t help each other. She also continued to

drive home that the days of second-class citizenship are over, as

related to ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations and how the

different groups are treated.

Her work and legacy are appreciated by several people on campus

and she is very inspirational to some.

“My mom started reading her poetry since I was seven years old,”

said Jaime Wood, a graduate student studying English. “Everything

about my poetic identity stems from (Giovanni). I feel fortunate

and completely excited to be able to talk to her.”

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First meeting of task force

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Sep 302004
Authors: Erin Tracy

CSU President Larry Penley charged the Alcohol Task Force

Thursday with a duty to target “forces, activities and perceptions”

of alcohol and substance abuse within CSU and the surrounding


The Alcohol Task Force met for the first time in Lory Student

Center Main Ballroom to introduce the committee members and

subcommittees, discuss the task force processes and to hear

comments from the community.

Penley spoke briefly at the meeting thanking both the task force

and the community for their concerns on the task force issue.

“Your leadership, your courage in taking on what we all know are

difficult issues,” Penley said. “It really is a great gift to

Colorado State University and I believe to Colorado as well.”

Penley acknowledged the “tragic results of such abuse at our

institution” and said the actions of the task force should help to

create a safer environment for the students at CSU.

He also asked the committee to evaluate the existing educational

and support programs at CSU and Fort Collins and expressed a desire

to find a way to involve students, faculty, parents, alumni and the

community in reviewing current CSU policies and procedures.

Penley created four subcommittees that will each look at

different aspects of alcohol and substance affecting the


The subcommittees are:

* Policies, Protocols, Enforcement Practices

* Student Behavior, Educational, Prevention and Intervention


* Legislation, Distribution and Sales, Advertising

* Alcohol at Hughes Stadium

Katie Clausen, Associated Students of CSU president and task

force committee member, said the subcommittee she is on, “Alcohol

at Hughes Stadium,” will look into issues including the schools

that sell beer at their stadiums, the location of those schools to

the stadiums, how much revenue will be lost and where the majority

of the beer was sold.

She said she would like to start an advisory board made up

exclusively of students that will give her ideas and suggestions

that could help the subcommittee make a proper decision regarding

the sale of alcohol at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

“We definitely do not want the 10 of us to make this decision,”

Clausen said.

Clausen said she will have a meeting before the task force meets

again and would like to hear the community’s views on alcohol at

Hughes Stadium.

The task force will meet once a month, except for January.

Ben Goldstein, ASCSU’s vice president, spoke during the public

comments session of the meeting.

He told the task force about ASCSU’s frustration with Penley’s

decision to suspend alcohol at Hughes Stadium.

“We weren’t consulted on this,” Goldstein said. “We feel like

the administration is not being strong in representing the


Goldstein provided a copy of the legislation that ASCSU passed

Wednesday evening requesting a lift on the suspension of alcohol

being sold at Hughes Stadium.

“I can only hope it will assist at least the task force,”

Goldstein said. “And certainly a copy will be forwarded to

President Penley, and I do think he will take it seriously.”

Goldstein also said he is concerned with students’ consumption

of alcohol before football games and the past problems CSU students

had before alcohol was sold in the stadium that he sees now.

“Students back then would try and line entire concrete wall,

from goal line to goal line with bottles,” Goldstein said. “That is

a lot of alcohol being smuggled into the stadium, and I think we

are heading back in that direction.”

The Alcohol Task Force will meet next from 3 to 6 p.m. on Oct.

28, in room 228 of the LSC.

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Show me your tats

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Sep 292004
Authors: Eric Klamper

Some people do it as an artistic expression; some people do it to remember a lost loved one.

Other people, perhaps, do it simply because they think that their lower back just looks too damn naked without a butterfly needled into it or because, for some reason, a little surgical steel through the nipple just feels right. Whatever the cause, tattoos and body piercings seem to be everywhere these days.

“We see a lot of freshmen come in during the first couple of weeks of the school year,” said Chacho Chavez, piercer at Tribal Rites, 632 S. College Ave. “Quite a few girls come in and get their navels pierced with mom and dad’s ’emergency’ credit card. There’s just an adornment factor for a lot of piercings and tattoos.”

The constant exposure of celebrities and athletes who have tattoos and piercings may have helped to push the image that body art is fashionable and popular. However, the bandwagon effect of tribal bands, Chinese writing and other tattoos has become so apparent that popular culture has now begun to mock such tattoos.

“Even MTV has had a big influence on how people are getting tattooed,” said Tribal Rites owner John Surprenant. “We encourage it when people have their own designs because we get tried of doing the same s**t all the time. We’re artists.”

Most tattoos still do have some sort of symbolic meaning to their recipients and are not only a piece of art, but also a piece of that person’s life as well.

“I recently got a tattoo after a close friend died so I have a constant reminder not to take people for granted,” said Baylor Ferrier, a junior liberal arts major. “I’m glad I have it and I don’t think I’ll stop appreciating it when I get older.”

Ferrier got the ace of spades tattoo with “Sam” on it in honor of Samantha Spady, a CSU sophomore that died of acute alcohol poisoning on Sept. 5.

Not only are tattoos permanent, minus laser surgery, but they can also cost a pretty penny. A quarter-sized flower with minimum intricacy runs at around $40 to $50, and depending on the tattoo’s location, can cause quite a bit of discomfort. The spine, abdomen and underarm are areas of particular sensitivity for tattoos, Surprenant said.

Regardless of this, many people aren’t deterred from the pain or financial loss and willingly throw down the $50 to $70 to have a hole punctured where the sun don’t shine. Piercings can be done just about anywhere on the body, and many people are taking advantage of this.

“It’s something different that you don’t see every day,” said Karen Vaughn, a Fort Collins resident, as she lay on her back waiting to receive a trans-lobe piercing at Millennium Gallery of Living Art, 211 Jefferson St. Her legs twitched slightly and then the distinguishable popping sound of the needle pushing through cartilage caused her to freeze.

“This is a form of artwork … and what better place to put a piece of art than on your body?” she said.

Although most tattoo and piercing studios have a large selection of sample work that clients can pick and chose from, it may be wise to create a personalized design. Many people get body art done because they want to be different and original, but if they aren’t careful, they may unknowingly be conforming.

“The pictures on the walls and the portfolios are a good way to get ideas,” said Chuck Maple, a piercer with Millennium. “You can also bring pre-existing sketches into the shop. We encourage people to bring in their own work too.”

Another thing to take into account before visiting tattoo and piercing parlors is the possible health risks that are paired with the equipment and procedure. On top of the employees using rubber gloves and a sterilized environment, it is important to ask if the shop uses a machine called an autoclave. This contraption sterilizes all the equipment by using highly pressurized steam that kills any living organism that could be transferred into the body.

“Make sure you go to a clean and professional shop” Chavez said. “There’s a threat of HIV and Hepatitis A, B, and C when tools aren’t sterilized properly.”

All risks aside, Fort Collins tattoo and piercing studios still have plenty of business. They will continue to share their artwork and look forward to next year’s flock of liberated freshmen.

“It’s really just a way of being different, of being an individual,” Surprenant said. “Stop in when you’re ready.”

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Boy Band Revival

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Sep 292004
Authors: Johnathan Kastner

Boy bands more or less died when Justin Timberlake left *NSYNC like the last rat fleeing a sinking ship. Somehow, as we got older and wiser, our generation realized that boy bands weren’t a group of singing boys, but were instead a corporate wolf in sheepish young boy skin. Or maybe the evil spirits that powered their ascent were drawn instead to reality television.

Whatever the cause of their decline, the world is poorer for their absence. Sure, the emotions and rhymes were often so super-sweet and saccharine that it could have exploded a Care Bear. But in today’s dark, dreary atmosphere, with a forecast of gloom, this excessive sweetness is more needed than ever to combat the modern blues. Or it could meet the gloom, matter-and-antimatter alike, and destroy us all. But that’s a chance we have to take. For the children.

A classic boy band had several “styles” of boys in it. There was the shy one, the cute one, the unclean one, the effeminate one and the mime. Tried and true and trite. We need something new and shiny, with bells and whistles, fresh and hip, filled with sweet caramel.

Let’s introduce the wave of the future, and may we all drown in their cultural perfection.

Nowadays kids are into electronical wondertrons, and the first band member covers this – enter the Hacker! Hacker refers to himself by his Internet name, “h4x0r,” and while he knows all that kind of nerdy stuff, he’s not the glasses and acne kind of nerd. He’s the cute computer-savvy rebel who hacked into the English department to change your grade. His single, “You Hacked Through the Firewall to My Heart’s CPU,” will score big with girls who like a smart guy, or smart guys who wished girls liked them.

It’s quite chic to pretend to be earth conscientious, and the next fellow covers this. With his braided, beaded $60 haircut, here cometh the Hippie. Technically a second-generation hippie, the Hippie has inherited both the morals of a flower child and the pocketbook of soulless corporate puppet. He’s the whole package – a vegan who knows where to get a $30 tofu burger. His breakaway hit, “Earth Second, Our Love First,” donated all its profits to Greenpeace.

But where is the fire? Where is the spirit? Carefully bottled away in the Corporate Rebel. His feisty spirit and flippant apathy was the product of focus group research and hours in makeup and wardrobe. Sure, you might be saying, “But all pop stars have that. What makes the Corporate Rebel unique?” Bangs, my friend. Bangs that barely hide his piercing sad blue eyes, as his rebellious spirit hides his truly sensitive nature. His song, “No One Can Tell Me Not to Love You,” shows off the group’s talent with rage-filled a cappella.

This would be a group for today’s youth. Unfortunately, what with file stealing, it wouldn’t make quite so many billions of dollars, leaving your group in tragic, comparative poverty. Oh, you’ll need a few more in your group. Go with a cute one and another cute one with a cool haircut. People love originality.

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Fort Collins Music scene not sleeping; Until We Wake gives meaning to Music

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Sep 292004
Authors: Sarah Fallik

“Europa” may sound like a tribute to our allies across the Atlantic, but it is actually the first full-length recording of the Fort Collins band Until We Wake.

The five members of Until We Wake pride themselves on the depth and intricacy of their songs.

“Fans of complex, heavy music will definitely enjoy it,” said Mike Schaffer, lead singer of Until We Wake, “We’re definitely one of the most challenging bands in the state.”

Like many of the band’s lyrics, “Europa” has metaphorical significance larger than its name suggests.

Until We Wake titled its first full-length CD “Europa” after the cold and dark moon of Jupiter that has limited possibility of life. Europa is a metaphor for the group’s improbability of being discovered as a band of the Midwest, rather than a coastal band.

“Europa,” soon to be released, has kept Until We Wake busy recording, which has in turn slowed down the band’s tour schedule.

“We’re just getting into fall booking,” said guitarist John Bridgeford.

The band’s next show will be Oct. 16 at the Starlight Theatre, 167 N. College Ave., with local bands 8Om, Ion and Shanked. Members of “Until We Wake” are eager to play anywhere that they can, but they have particular fondness for the Starlight.

“It’s like playing a show with your family,” said vocalist Mike Schaffer.

Guitarist Ryan Day, who prefers to be called Rye Pye or Pye, also favors the comfortable atmosphere of the Starlight for the group’s shows.

“They treat you with respect and work with you,” Pye said.

In addition to numerous performances at the Starlight, Until We Wake has played shows all over Colorado, including Pinkies, the Aggie Theatre and the Gothic Theatre, with a secret show scheduled for Halloween.

“Part of the costume is that we’re going to be playing as another band,” Schaffer said.

About two and a half years ago, Until We Wake started with only three of the current five band members. With Bridgeford, Day and CJ Vallely on the drums, the band set out to find a vocalist and bassist. Schaffer was soon picked up as vocalist, but the band had a more difficult time finding a bass player.

“I was out Friday and Saturday nights wherever I could stand up on a chair or a table in a room full of people going ‘Does any one know a bass player?'” Schaffer said.

The search ended when the trio found Daytron Hicks, a bassist from Alabama who had only been in Fort Collins a few days.

Members of Until We Wake have difficulty classifying their sound, but they say they can be loosely classified as “progressive hardcore psychedelic metal.”

“Somewhere in the world there is a Widespread Panic show that is out of drugs because of this band,” Schaffer said.

In addition to its complex lyrics, Until We Wake also offers much diversity in the music it plays.

“They’re very diverse from song to song, but they’re also very diverse within each song,” Bridgeford said.

Musically, the sound can range from melodic vocals most comparable to the Deftones to angry screaming more comparable to hardcore metal bands.

“One of our challenges and one of our strong points is that we have something for everyone to identify with,” Schaffer said.

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