Archive for October, 2010

The Continent Comes to Colorado

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Brian Brown

Nuno Carmo came to Colorado Springs in August. As a Portuguese graduate student studying politics, he was fascinated by the local culture. First off, he didn’t see as many cowboy hats and six-shooters as he expected. Then he found that Americans ate more than cheeseburgers. And he discovered that his electric blue shoes were a little out of place amidst white-collared politicians.

And thus began a steep learning curve that would last five weeks (three in Colorado and two in Washington, D.C.)

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Eva Baca Inducted into Proby Cultural Heritage Room

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Stephanie South

When Eva Raigoza Baca was named principal of a school in one of Pueblo’s roughest neighborhoods, she knew she had her work cut out for her. At Eastwood Elementary School in 1972, learning was not a priority for most of the residents, nor was a school a place where they felt accepted. But Eva wasn’t making assumptions or looking at statistics—she was looking at people.

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Meeting the Leaders of Tomorrow

Monday, October 18th, 2010

D.J. Close

At a time when other college students are catching up on much needed sleep or realizing they have procrastinated on that mid-term paper long enough, four exemplary student leaders met to share their opinions on student government. These student body presidents participated in a panel to show nine delegates from the People’s Republic of China how students can get involved in the American democratic system.

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Revamped Forum Explores a Better Colorado Springs

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Brandon Rattiner and Brian Brown

What does an independent community actually look like in America today? The importance of relevant and sound local government is more important than ever. Self-governance has always been the core value of the American political system, and no community is testing its limits quite like Colorado Springs.

Recognizing this, El Pomar’s Forum for Civic Advancement has undergone an exciting rebirth in the past few months. Forum events for the 2010-11 season aim to attract the current and future leaders of the city, and expose them to cutting-edge ideas that spark further exploration. Two such events kicked off the season—a conversation about the future of the Springs that drew unprecedented interest, and the first meeting of the new Civic Advancement Seminar.

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