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The (Un)Romantic History of Valentine’s Day

A red noose in a heart shape.

This Saturday is Valentine’s Day, a day when many lovebirds exchange gifts and flowers and head out on the town for candlelit dinners, and school children swap heart-adorned cards and candy with their classmates. It turns out, however, that the history behind Valentine’s Day isn’t quite the romance-filled memoir that you might expect. Lupercalia, the

Professor Directs Family Theater, Entertains Thousands

Apples don’t fall far from their tree. Back in the 1960s, John Hill’s parents were involved in community theater in Fort Collins. His mother was president of the Fort Collins Children’s Theatre and designed costumes for local theater and opera companies. As a youngster, John participated in a summer theater production of “The Music Man”

Women Warriors Documentary: Part Two

After 11 weeks of working on post-production, our documentary is getting closer and closer to being finished. At the time of this writing, all of the animations and photos for the narrative portion of the project are on track, with the interview sections and background music nearly complete as well. Our instructor, Brandon Berman, has

Coloradans in the 2014 Winter Olympics

The first time I saw a Team USA warm-up was probably 1966 – way before clothing manufacturers started putting imprints on casual, leisure, and workout wear. It was in Malone, N.Y., and it was worn by Mr. McDonald, who drove a bobsled in the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. The Winter Olympics then were about

What’s on the November 5th Ballot?

Yes, we are having an election this year! Although we are not electing a President, Congress, or Colorado state officials, we do get to weigh in on several important issues. And, it’s an entirely mail-in ballot election, so all you have to do is drop your ballot in the mail (don’t forget postage) or drop

Learning about Human Rights from Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez

No one has taught me more about the struggle for human rights than Cesar Chavez. March 31 was Cesar Chavez Day in Colorado (and several other states). The great Mexican-American labor leader and human rights activist was not someone familiar to me while growing up on the East Coast, but soon after moving to Boulder

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