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The Abyss, a student play about coping with a son’s suicide will debut April 29

April 28, 2017 – 4:37 pm |

by Ashley Schaerfl
Sherri Mahoney, a junior at Colorado State University-Pueblo, was 42 when her son Tyler Mahoney committed suicide on Sep. 30, 2012.  After his death, Mahoney wrote a play about her son’s suicide and …

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Senior artist Molly Moreschini expresses personal tragedy through various art

April 25, 2017 – 10:49 pm |

By Wade Walker 

Using photography and image manipulation, Molly Moreschini produces powerful depictions of loss and survival that provoke intense reactions from the viewer. She uses the death of her parents as inspiration to fuel a series of photographs which are both terrifying and intoxicating. Her work can be viewed at the CSU-Pueblo Fine Arts Gallery throughout the month of April as part of the Senior Show.

“I think that makes the best art when you take your personal experience and give the world something they can identify with.” Caroline Peters, CSU-Pueblo assistant professor of art, said.

In a collection of 10 photos, Moreschini attempts to reproduce the dreams that have been part of her nocturnal world since the loss of both of her parents over the last 2 years. In 2015, she lost her mother suddenly. Concerned about an abnormal mass, her mother went in for a biopsy and ended up on life support due to complications. The diagnosis was lung cancer and she was given a month to live, she made it 3. Moreschini was her caretaker, alongside her wheelchair-bound father, and she spent her days helplessly watching her health deteriorate. Only 8 months later, her father died from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. Moreschini was also her father’s caretaker.

“To see the people I love the most go through that and sit there and be completely helpless is a nightmare in itself.” she said.

Sometime in the wake of her mother’s death, the dreams began. In her nightmares, she found herself in hopeless scenarios which involved either drowning, falling or suffocating. She was also surrounded by the inescapable and terrifying sounds of gasping for air, a sound that she became uncomfortably familiar with as she took care of her parents in their last days at the mercy of a respiratory disease.

“It sounds like someone drowning” she said.

It’s no coincidence that the series is comprised of works with titles such as Falling and Stuck, while the spectral Drowning features a hand breaking through the ground against a grainy fog of grey and black. She says the hand represents the strength of her father “holding on till the very last moment.” Lyme disease put him in a wheelchair but he managed to take care of his dying wife despite his own failing health. Moreschini says watching such a strong man be rendered so helpless by disease was one of the hardest parts of the entire ordeal.

“He was her rock while she was his and they supported each other through the loss of her mother,” Edward Doyle, fellow CSU-Pueblo art student, said.

The scars that a death leaves on a family is incalculable and Moreschini has still not had time to process her grief. She went from taking care of her sick mother to taking care of her sick father and now she is taking care of her maternal grandmother. While she claims she is no expert, she does have some insight into the telltale signs of a person nearing the end and that her grandmother’s time is drawing near.

“She looks like my mother and that makes it very hard,” she said.

In the most haunting photo of her collection, Pain Cutting to the Bone depicts a screaming side-profile of a face whose mouth is being stretched backwards through her neck. She says it represents the reoccurring theme of choking that she experiences in her nightmares.

“Death has always been familiar to me in my life so this is ultimately a self-portrait of how I felt and how I was dealing with everything,” she said, “because of the way it cut through me.”

The series includes 5 pieces depicting the uplifting aspects of her dreams. In many of those, her parents make an appearance and allow her a little bit of closure.

“They visit me and I welcome that,” she said.

In a field of gold, a woman disappears from left to right in her picture titled Stuck. It’s about her mother suddenly fading away. It took three months for her mother to disappear completely while Moreschini watched helplessly, but she believes that there is a place of beauty and peace where loved ones go and this photo is a representation of that idea.

“She’s trying to show how terrible things can be, but there is always some hope, there’s always a way through it.” Doyle said.

It has been a year since Morschini lost her father and she is coping with a new life on her own. She is slated to graduate in the fall, despite all her setbacks. Her parents left her a farm with 100 cows for which she is now responsible but she worries that she is too attached to the cows to properly run a beef farm. Moreschini plans on selling the farm and turning her space into an art studio for her to practice art therapy.

New Tundra Statue Coming to Campus in May

April 23, 2017 – 7:30 pm |

by Wade Walker
Tundra: Spirit of the Pack, the hero-sized statue (110 percent of her actual size) will be placed in an area between the new Occhiato University Center and the Masari arena. A dedication will …

Pack Dance Team continues to improve and grow as it places third in national competition

April 13, 2017 – 5:47 pm |

By Maggie Geolat
If you are looking for a group of people to show unconditional support, enthusiasm, and drive, look no further than to our CSU-Pueblo dance team. Our dance team constantly spends their time choreographing …

SOCO Reading Series delights downtown Pueblo crowd with trio of poets

April 11, 2017 – 11:55 pm |

By Victoria Ruiz
On Friday, the Southern Colorado Reading Series partnered with the Pueblo Progressive Poetry Project to present readings by three published poets. The event, which took place off-campus at Songbird Cellars, was in celebration …

Backpacks and State Park passes available free for student rental now in the campus library

April 10, 2017 – 9:58 am |

by Chianna Schoenthaler
With Summer right around the corner students can pick up state park passes and backpacks provided by Colorado State and Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the library.
The backpacks were distributed throughout the …

Pre-Rally for Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event Apr. 8 sheds light on sexual assault awareness

April 8, 2017 – 11:12 am |

by Hannah Plummer
On April 5 two students from CSU-Pueblo hosted a pre-rally for the ‘Walk A Mile In Her Shoes’ event on Saturday, April 8.  Brandon Wilson and Nicole Hulet, both seniors at CSU-Pueblo worked …

Pack track and field team shines in weekend events

April 6, 2017 – 8:51 pm |

By Thomas Thortvedt
Colorado State University-Pueblo hosted the track and field open Sunday, April 2 at the Neta & Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl.
This past weekend the Pack congratulated two big winners, junior, Tatianna Clanton and junior, Derrick …

A look at student organization requirements and retention

April 5, 2017 – 12:15 pm |

by Chianna Schoenthaler
Colorado State University- Pueblo’s campus is home to over 60 student organizations and clubs, each catering to a specific demographic of the student body.
To start a recognized student organizations, the students are …

Fine Arts Gallery’s March exhibit showcases the works of filmmaker Adam Sekuler

April 4, 2017 – 12:37 am |

By Wade Walker
The Fine Arts Gallery at Colorado State University-Pueblo, as part of a monthly showcase, features the art of filmmaker Adam Sekuler for its March exhibit. A special screening of his film “Tomorrow Never …

Upcoming student symposium presents scholarly works from students across campus

March 29, 2017 – 3:09 pm |

By David Buck
Colorado State University-Pueblo is hosting a research and scholarly works Symposium on April 7, 2017. All current students and graduate students are invited to submit their research or creative work for presentation at …

Dan and Shay student concert April 27

March 15, 2017 – 7:43 am |

by Chianna Schoenthaler
Student Engagement and Leadership is hosting Dan and Shay for the spring concert at Colorado State University-Pueblo. The concert will take place April 27 at Southwest Motors Event Center. The doors to the …

Lip sync battle brings students together for a unique and entertaining contest

March 14, 2017 – 1:08 am |

by Hannah Plummer
On March 1 the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership hosted a lip sync battle in the psychology building, where students were able to lip sync to their favorite songs.
Due to this being …

Fraternity and Sorority Life Council hosts the Greek Olympics on campus

March 12, 2017 – 2:37 am |

by Tiffany Underwood
The Greek Olympics was held on the recreation field at Colorado State University-Pueblo from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The Greek Olympics is a competition that was open to all CSU-Pueblo students. Teams of …