Conference seeding on the line for women’s hoops

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Feb 282002
 
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The members of the CSU women’s basketball team must have skipped kindergarten because it’s obvious they never learned the important idea of sharing.

“We don’t want to share the Mountain West Conference title with anyone,” said junior guard Katie Borton.

With one game left against the University of New Mexico at home on Saturday, CSU has already claimed at least a share of the conference title. The Rams must beat the Lobos to gain sole possession of the championship, which likely won’t be an easy task.

“The pressure is clearly on New Mexico, and they’re going to come in here and play a good game,” head coach Tom Collen said.

There is more at stake than just the championship for CSU (22-5 overall, 11-2 MWC), as seeding in the conference tournament will largely be determined by the outcome of the game. The Rams would be the No.1 seed with a win, but a loss could send them back to the No.3 seed, behind UNM (21-4, 9-3) and UNLV (20-6, 9-3), due to tiebreakers.

“We know we have to go out and beat New Mexico, or else we are going to tie,” said sophomore forward Joy Jenkins. “And I don’t think we want to tie.”

The first meeting with UNM in Albuquerque resulted in the Rams’ first conference loss of the year by the score of 56-50. Freshman forward Lindsay Arnt scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Lobos. Junior forward Chelsea Grear contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds, as UNM outrebounded the Rams, 43-20.

Junior forward Shannon Strecker scored 15 points to lead the Rams, but committed a flagrant foul near the end of the game that allowed UNM to secure the victory. CSU also committed 25 turnovers in the game.

Collen hopes the tournament ramifications will be motivation for his team to go out and play a much better game the second time around with the Lobos.

“Come Saturday, we have to makeup our mind we don’t want to share (the title) with anyone else,” Collen said.

Saturday will also likely be the last home game for senior guard Angie Gorton, and maybe she can share the joy of victory with the Moby crowd one last time – just as long as she and her teammates don’t have to share the championship. n

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Solo senior leadership apparent on CSU men’s basketball squad

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Feb 282002
 
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My apologies to Matt Brown, but this team is gearing up for next year. But while the lone senior on the CSU men’s basketball team will be missed, he will not be forgotten. Brown doesn’t log the most minutes on the team, or score the most points. But if hustle points were tracked, Brown would surely lead the team.

Not just in Thursday’s game against Utah, but all season Brown has taken charges, jumped on the floor for loose balls, and taken elbows to the nose. And the rest of the team has followed suit.

With CSU trailing late in the second half Thursday night, it was Brown waving towels and jumping up and down on the bench before anyone else. After junior forward Brian Greene was knocked to the ground after making a layup, Brown was the first to help him up. During timeouts, Brown is the first to offer a high-five.

This sort of emotion, coupled with the talent this CSU team already has, instead of CSU versus Utah being worst versus first, it could determine who gets the Mountain West Conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament next year. Brown, Greene and junior guard Andy Birley are the only Rams who received significant playing time last year. Brown is the only player the Rams will lose this year.

CSU has its scoring threat in Greene, who has been in double figures in 26 of 28 games this year. All the while, he has led the team in rebounding as well.

Birley provides a deep ball, mainly because that’s about all he shoots. But he is the most consistent 3-point shooter the Rams have. Once he develops a quicker release and can create his own shots, he’ll lead this team in scoring.

Freshman guard Jon Rakiecki can also shoot the three for CSU; he just needs some more confidence in the rest of his game, which is what this year is all about. Before Thursday’s game, the freshmen combined for 32 starts this year. Three freshmen – Rakiecki, Matt Williams and Matt Nelson – started against Utah.

And next year, look for Nelson to be the centerpiece for this squad. The 7-foot center has the skill, and he gets the shots. He’s just in the process of developing some more toughness to dominate around the rim. He dropped 22 points against the league’s best defense in Utah and had a career-high of 32 earlier in the year.

Now Nelson’s even following Brown’s pass-first, shoot-second mentality. Earlier in the year, whenever Nelson got the ball down low, he thought he had to shoot.

It was apparent Thursday night that now, when he gets the ball on the post, he tends to find an open shooter somewhere behind the arc.

But don’t get the notion CSU will play a shoot-it-deep or lay-it-in game next year. Kobe Bryant look-alike Freddie Robinson, another freshman, resembles Bryant in his game of slashing to the hoop. If there’s not a shot, he dishes it out. But like Kobe, Robinson’s quickness allows him to pull up and shoot anywhere on the court.

People say moral wins mean nothing. But CSU taking Wyoming into overtime and playing relatively close against Utah are signs of what’s to come. The Rams may be 2-11 in MWC play this year, but that can be reversed next year.

This year has been all about experience. God has given this team talent. And although Brown will be gone, next year’s team will have his emotion.

Jon is a junior journalism major.

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Sometimes, these things happen . . .

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Feb 282002
 
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Earlier this week, the Collegian was criticized on the editorial page for printing a story about Eating Disorder Awareness Week next to a page with a diet advertisement. We in the editorial board feel this was a fair criticism, but we’d like to take this chance to explain why this sort of thing happens in the newspaper.

In the Collegian, like most other papers in the United States, there is a division between our editorial side and our advertising side. This occurs so the advertising does not influence our editorial side or vice versa. We do not let the advertising department tell us what stories to write, nor do they tell us where to place stories in order to favor particular advertisers. While advertising is necessary for the life of the Collegian, and in many cases a helpful informational tool for students, it does not determine our content in any way.

We believe it is necessary for the separation between the advertising operation and the editorial operation to continue so we can be unbiased in our news coverage. However, it is this separation that caused this unfortunate coincidence in the first place. This is a necessary evil.

The truth is that we rarely know in advance what ads will be coming out in our paper, and the ad staff rarely knows what stories we’re writing. While we do think the separation is necessary, we also realize how it looks when such unfortunate coincidences occur. It was not intentional, and the advertising does not reflect our editorial content, just as the opinions of columnists do not reflect the opinions of the paper.

Although there is a separation between the two divisions of the newspaper, the Collegian does have certain set standards for our advertisements. We must follow advertising policies approved by our Board of Student Communications, policies that, among other things, do not allow advertising content that is sexually exploitative or encourages binge drinking.

Advertising is a way for organizations to get their point across. If you feel offended, and want to get your point across, we encourage you to write us a letter and let us know.

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I’m not dying, but things sure are changing

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Feb 282002
 
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This week I came to the realization that I don’t have a lot of time left.

I’m not dying of a terminal disease nor am I contemplating suicide. I have simply woken up to the fact that I have only one more semester here at CSU before I graduate.

And, for the first time in my life, I feel scared.

I’m scared because I don’t know what’s going to happen next, and, for someone who plans things down to the meals he eats a week in advance, this kind of feeling is frightening.

Rocky Mountain News columnist Gene Amole knows a similar feeling. He knows he is about to die, but he has no idea about exactly when it is going to happen or what to expect from death. I think we can all share in his uncertainty in some way.

My experiences at this point in my life have me in a somewhat different position than Amole, but I think I can relate to him because I am approaching an uncertainty myself about life after graduation.

I know what I would like to do with my life. There’s a feeling I can’t quite describe, one that I get when I’m on the turf of Hughes Stadium with my camera and I know I have taken the perfect shot after a play. Sometimes I still get a similar feeling when I’m typing a story on deadline and I read a paragraph I have just written to myself and I know it flows like a mountain brook. Call it inspiration, call it being in “the zone,” call it luck, call it whatever you want.

Maybe other students here have had similar feelings, whether they came from tuning up a Formula One racing car in the Engineering Building, from helping cure a sick puppy in the Veterinary Hospital or from making a perfect speech in the student government chambers. There are events that change your life sometimes without you even realizing it.

The question I have to ask myself, and all of us have to ask ourselves, is will we be able to do the things we love and still make a living? What can we do so that we get these types of feelings every day?

With the recession that is currently going on, internships and entry-level jobs are becoming more difficult to find than they were a year ago. Two of my best friends graduated from the College of Business last December and have been looking for jobs for the past two months. While this may not be a long time to some people, they are freaking out that they will have to leave Colorado, the place they love and want to stay in, just to make a living in their careers.

I’m in the same position, and it’s almost a feeling of helplessness. It seems like no matter how hard I try to take control of my life I find it is up to other people and circumstances I don’t have any control over.

Maybe I am just like Amole; maybe we all are. Maybe it is the case that uncertainty is the only thing we can really plan on after all.

Josh Hardin is a senior majoring in technical journalism.

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Political correctness is nonsensical, silly notion

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Feb 282002
 
Authors: scott wilkinson

The political correctness movement has finally gone too far.

I thought it was no big deal-a passing fetish if you will. Just one more pursuit of the disenfranchised political activist, one to be followed than dropped.

I guess I was wrong.

The fact struck me while at church a couple Sundays ago, probably an odd place to have a revelation about political correctness.

The situation was made clear during the congregation’s recital of the Nicene Creed.

Ever since I can remember attending church, the congregation has said the Nicene Creed. It’s a standard part of a Catholic mass.

Ever since I can remember, there was one passage of the creed that went “for us men and for our salvation.”

That Sunday, I realized that everyone was saying “for us and for our salvation.”

Sometime between the age when continuous weekly repetition cemented the creed in my head and now, the church had removed the word “men” from the creed.

Why?

Who could possibly be offended by the use of the word “men” in a translation taken as literally as possible from its original language?

Probably the same people who claim offense at the words mankind, fireman, policeman and any other profession with the word “man” behind it.

Why fight something as simple as common use of the English language? It’s not like any of the terms are used in a degrading manner.

The answer was very clearly explained to me by my composition teacher during my freshman year here at CSU.

She took exception to my use of the word “mankind” in my term paper. Her argument was that words like “mankind” in our language have the effect of unwittingly socializing their speakers to believe that women are inferior to men.

I disagreed.

My belief is that we shouldn’t cater to the lowest common denominator amongst us. Naturally, there will always be the occasional moron who believes men to be superior to women in every respect. Unfortunately, the gene pool has no lifeguards to keep these people out.

The rest of us, eager to assess our IQ as something slightly higher that of a rock, have learned from experience that women are every bit men’s equal and in many cases his better.

Let’s be honest here, women are every bit as intelligent as men, every bit as motivated and every bit as capable. The only real difference is that men are more capable of adding body mass-and women are better looking.

Yet, despite all the progress our county has made toward equality-there is injustice, a glass ceiling, and a double standard when it comes to men and women. The only thing that can change those is time, and women who consistently prove the stereotype wrong. Take Carly Fiorina, the CEO of Hewlett Packard-a female CEO who has shattered the glass ceiling in her version of corporate America.

Is political correctness and degendering the English language going to create women like Fiorina?

Never. Likewise, we can’t legislate morality and intelligence into an ignorant and prejudicial public.

So what is history got it wrong. The definition of man, as short for human, should revolve around those qualities that separate us from the animals. Conscious thought, reason, ambition, goals and perceptions.

A woman like Fiorina got where she is by using those things that make us all men, and using them better than many male members of the species.

I read someplace that “all men are created equal.”

Anyone foolish enough to think otherwise lives in constant denial of his or her own reality.

Scott Wilkinson is a senior majoring in civil engineering.

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New technology hinders CD burning

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Feb 272002
 
Authors: Rachel Spannuth

It started with Napster.

Music companies have taken further strides to eliminate the pirating of compact discs.

The record labels participating in this, including BMG, cite illegal copies and uploading of CDs to the Internet as reasons for implementing this new technology.

For listeners, the downside of these CDs extends past their inability to be copied. According to PC Mag, these CDs cannot play in certain computers, car stereos and high-end stereos.

Super Audio Compact Disc is a new version of software that writes original CDs. It creates what cd-writer.com calls a “hybrid” disc, creating watermarks on the CD. This prevents any kind of copying or pirating.

“It’s a good idea for them to prevent people from getting free CDs, because they’re in it to make money. For that same reason, it sucks for me, because I like to copy songs off CDs,” student Corbu Stathes said.

Macrovision is a company behind another version of software that prevents copying of CDs. According to their website, the program, SafeAudio, degrades the quality of the digital code recorded onto the CD. When played on some sound systems, the CD has bursts of hiss that add to the distortion of the CD’s sound. This also contributes to tiny gaps in the music, according to www.cd-writer.com.

“I think it’s smart,” student Gabriella Dancourt said. “The record companies are always complaining about people burning CDs, so it’s good they finally did something about it.”

Compact discs that are encoded with this new software have been sold since the beginning of 2001.

This is apparently what makes computer CD players unable to play these specific CDs. Musictarget.com says regular stereo CD players can ignore the slight errors in the data recorded onto the CD. Computer stereo players cannot skip over the corrupted code, and show error messages when the CD is entered.

Phillips, the company that created CDs and one of the major manufacturers in the CD industry, disagrees with the measures Macrovision and other companies are taking to prevent pirating. They think the record labels that put out these CDs should put warning labels on the album cover, warning consumers that there is a possibility the CD will not play on their equipment.

This new technology is controversial, especially with the law passed in 1992 that allows listeners to make personal copies of their own music, according to musictarget.com. The record industries began receiving revenues from the sales of blank audio products like blank cassette tapes and CDs.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act blurs this law. The act says it is illegal to break the copyright protections on digital media.

“If you’re determined to steal the music, the music can be stolen. Our technology is not thief-proof. What it’s meant to do is provide a speed bump,” Peter Jacobs, CEO of SunnComm, a company that also produces the anti-pirating CDs, said in an interview with Tech News.

“It’s a good move for the corporations, but us music pirates say ‘ARRGH!'” student Chris Scheiber said. n

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Road trippin’ around Colorado

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Feb 272002
 
Authors: Erika Montalvo

Spring is almost here, and with warm sunny days dawning upon long awaited weekends to come, an occasional day trip with friends is in order. Why not try a road trip to some spectacular sites around the state?

As you and your friends pile into the car, angry twitches of hunger vibrate throughout your body. Food is the first necessary task at hand, and if you can wait about thirty minutes, a savory meal awaits the patient soul at Oscar Blues Grill and Brew in Lyons.

The restaurant, which is named after the owner’s two beloved childhood dogs, is famous for the entertainment it brings into Colorado. The food is Southern style with a pinch of Cajun to add some spice. The shrimp bisque and the fish and chips are to die for, but it is rumored that the jambalaya is the best thing on the menu. The best parts, however, are the beer and the lovely back porch, which is perfect for lounging and enjoying a drink with friends. The One Nut Brown and Dale’s Pale Ale go down nice and smooth and among other delightful choices of brew are Reverend Sandi’s Sinful Stout and Lights Out Cherry Stout.

With stomachs full, it is time to head into Longmont to sneak a peek at the Salvador Dali exhibit featured until March 2 at the Longmont Museum.

Dali is considered one of the most fascinating artists of the twentieth century. The Spanish surrealist painter is particularly famous for the “Persistence of Memory,” depicting melting watches.

Photographs and prints of the artist and his work are a must-see, especially when it is so close to home. The exhibit is free, and for more information, you can call 303-651-8374.

The afternoon is getting late, but there is time left for one more activity.

Try the Imax Theater located by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Although other films are featured, Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure is the pick for this week. The film showsexplorer Ernest Shackleton’s journey through the Antarctic seas with a 27-man crew in the December 1914.

The captain and his crew, whom all had responded to an ad in the paper stating, “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success,” fought for their survival for two years adrift at sea.

Admission is $8 and shows are featured throughout the day, with the last show at 7 p.m. The other films include Everest, which is back by popular demand, and Kilimanjaro. n

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Gambling for a good cause at Casino Night

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Feb 272002
 
Authors: Matthew Hamm

Saturday night marks the second annual Riverboat the Rockies Casino Night.

Head out to Odell Brewing Company (800 E. Lincoln Ave.) from 7 to 11 p.m. for the event sponsored by Trees, Water & People, a local conservation organization. Proceeds from the evening will go towards volunteer programs for tree planting and wetland enhancement.

This evening will include music by the Atoll as well as Bluegrass Patriots, a riverboat casino with a wide variety of card games, and a silent auction that includes prizes such as weekend getaways.

Those dressed in Old West costumes can win prizes in the costume contest. Also, free Odell beer and food donated by local restaurants will be available.

Riverboat the Rockies Casino Night will showcase a deck of playing cards entitled “A Tribute to Nature.” This deck of cards will feature work by CSU art students and different Fort Collins residents in mediums ranging from watercolor, collage, graphic art or photography. The decks will sell for $15 each, or two for $25.

Tempra Board, of Trees, Water & People, is looking forward to the presentation of the art deck of cards for a variety of reasons.

“This project works perfectly with the casino theme we have for the night. The playing face of each card is a work of art devoted to a nature scene. The name of the artist is also printed on the card they designed,” Board said. “The neat thing is that these cards will help get artists’ names out there and support our organization at the same time,”

Last year, over 350 people attended this event, which raised nearly $11,000 for local Trees, Water & People projects in the area. With many cash donations towards this event and funding from sponsors, including some more expensive silent auction items, the organization hopes this year’s Riverboat the Rockies Casino Night raises even more money and support.

Trees, Water & People is a national organization that teams up with city and county agencies as well as local area schools and volunteers to do many projects to improve the local environment. The program focuses on large-scale projects such as reforestation in Latin America, but locally they do work with improving watershed in areas of Colorado and Wyoming.

For those wanting to get involved on a volunteer basis, people will be needed to serve as casino dealers, food and beer servers, cashiers and more. n

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New bomb from Costner

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Feb 272002
 
Authors: Eric Patton

My high expectations were crushed as Kevin Costner (“Field of Dreams”) adds another film to his 10-year list of cinematic blunders and box-office bombs that began in 1992 with “The Bodyguard,” moved on to ’95’s “Waterworld” and has now acquired “Dragonfly.”

In a screenwriting class they teach a very basic structure for a script. For example, “Dragonfly” followed this structure by beginning with an event (the death of his wife), supplying the audience with a little background or exposition (his friends discuss his late wife), and then they introduced the problem (the hospital administrator tells him his work is slipping and he needs to take a sabbatical). Once a script follows this structure too precisely, it strays from solid dialogue and becomes too formulaic.

A usually very solid ensemble of actors, including Ron Rifkin (“Manhattan Murder Mystery”) and Kathy Bates (“Misery”), did not have much to work with under the conditions of their characters. Due to the weak characters, the actors therefore returned with poor performances. Costner’s character, Dr. Joe Darrow, ends up teetering on the brink of mental instability and is played with such deliberate and contrived choices that one wants to laugh at his character rather than root for him.

Joe Darrow is a cross between David Duchovny’s character in “Return to Me” and Kevin Costner’s character in “Field of Dreams.” This cross seems to prevent Darrow from having focus as his own character type. At the beginning he is a doctor who’s based his entire world on physical evidence and very grounded reason. He then starts to believe in the supernatural and follow voices he hears in the hospital. But after he hears the voice, he can’t make up his mind whether he wants to pursue this phenomenon or run from it. His boss, Joe Morton (“Terminator 2”), tries to force Darrow into a sabbatical and plays the stereotypical “bad guy” in this genre of film. He refuses to listen to anything Darrow has to say and rejects the idea of Darrow investigating near-death experiences. Morton’s character became so close-minded and die-hard against Dr. Darrow, he eventually tarnished each scene he was in.

The movie goes from obvious exposition and tedious conversations to a heart-pumping score in a suspenseful scene and then back to the tedious conversations. It does, however, make the audience jump in several scenes, but the movie goes from a man having trouble grieving to an implausible and outright ridiculous adventure.

This movie is just another mistake by Kevin Costner, an actor who used to get acclaim for choosing great scripts of which to be a part. The suspected solid cast failed to save this movie and its grade plummets to a D+, like it or not.

Movies with Kevin Costner: “Field of Dreams,” “The Untouchables,” “Revenge,” “No Way Out,” “Bull Durham,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Dances With Wolves,” “JFK”

Movies with Kevin Costner to avoid: “Message in a Bottle,” “Waterworld,” “The Bodyguard,” “The Postman,” “Thirteen Days,” “3,000 Miles to Graceland”

More with Ron Rifkin: “Boiler Room,” “The Majestic,” “Keeping the Faith,” “The Negotiator,” “Manhattan Murder Mystery”

More with Kathy Bates; “Misery,” “At Play in the Field of the Lord,” “Dolores Claiborne,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Waterboy,” “Diabolique,” “Titanic” n

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San Francisco rough for CSU women’s golf

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Feb 272002
 
Authors: Chris Watson

San Francisco did not show the CSU women’s golf team the same hospitality San Diego did.

The Rams struggled at the Bay Area Classic, where they finished 14 out of a field of 16, after winning the Lady Aztec Invitational last weekend.

Senior Bridget Johnson and sophomore Stephanie Linnel both had strong tournament showings, finishing 25 and 29, respectively, in the individual results. Johnson closed the tournament with a fantastic score of 75 (three over par) in the second round.

Junior Mayumi Motoyama, who has been playing excellently ever since coming to CSU, did not have her strongest tournament, shooting 17 over par and finishing tied for 46.

Head coach Megan Menzel, who recently gave birth to her first child, was not available for comment on her team’s tournament showing.

The Bay Area Classic was a good opportunity for the women to see other Colorado teams, including the University of Denver, which finished third and the University of Colorado, which finished eighth.

The women will have a full month to practice before they head out to Tucson, Ariz. for the Mountainview Collegiate tournament. With the time to practice, the team will be able to work on mistakes made in San Francisco and sharpen the short game to hopefully find better results. n

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