Baseball sweeps neighboring UNC

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In a dominating performance on Saturday, the CSU baseball team defeated the University of Northern Colorado twice in a doubleheader. With great performances on the mound from their pitchers, the Rams poured on the offense, scoring 33 runs in the two games.

The first game of the series was reasonably close until the fifth inning, when the Rams exploded for 20 runs. The game was called at the end of the inning with the Rams on top 23-1.

“We swung the bats well and played good defense,” Damon Myers said. “Once we get people on base our confidence goes up.”

Ben Augustine started on the mound for the Rams and allowed only four hits and struck out four in four innings. Scott Musgrave batted 3-for-4 while Paul Olmsted and Drew Trainor went 2-for-3 in the rout.

The second game of the series was similar to the first as the Rams were able to score runs off UNC mistakes and come up with big hits.

Jade Bond started the game and Dallas Strankman and Aaron Hinson followed in relief. The three pitchers allowed only one run. Meanwhile, the UNC pitchers walked in runs and Brandon Nash had a two-run homer for the Rams. This game was played out and CSU recorded a 10-1 victory.

“UNC is usually our toughest competition so we’re all pretty confident that we’ll get to Pueblo (playoffs) this season,” Myers said.

Cycling- CSU Oval Race

On Easter Sunday, the CSU cycling club took over the Oval on campus to put on the annual CSU Oval Race. With beautiful weather and ideal conditions, racers from around the region came to participate in competition.

“It’s been really cool, we’ve had a great turnout,” Cycling Club President Kate

Van Valkenburg said. “It’s a well-known race and a really fun course.”

In the collegiate races, there were men’s A, B and C races, and A and B for the women. CSU racers placed high in several of the categories.

In the men’s A race, Peter Beland took first place while CSU racers Nat Campbell finished second, Steve Owens fifth and Brian Hoff sixth place. Another CSU racer Nathaniel Ksiazkiewicz finished first in the men’s B race followed by two University of Colorado-Boulder racers, Ryan Lynch and Jordan Logan.

On the women’s side, Sara Tarkington of CU took first place in the A race with CSU’s All-American Leah Trapp in second. Van Valkenburg finished sixth in the race for the Rams club team. In the B race, Lvat Vuong of CU finished first with the closest CSU racer, Diane Arthur, in fifth place.

“It’s a great race for the spectators too,” Van Valkenburg said. “The cornering is the best part. We’ve got seven 90-degree corners in the race so that makes it interesting. It’s nice to see so many people here. I think there’s more people here than just those who are watching someone they know.”

Lacrosse

Coming off last week’s disappointing loss to Brigham Young, the CSU lacrosse team realized it would have a tough time rebounding against Division III Colorado College. The challenge proved to be just that as the Rams fell for the second weekend in a row 15-11.

With starting goalie and team captain Alex Smith on the bench with an injured hand, backup Kevin Krcek started his first game of the season in between the pipes for the Rams and stopped 17 shots. The CSU attackmen came up big once again with Mike Napolilli and Ryan Davis each scoring a hat trick and one assist each.

“That’s the best team we’ll see all year,” Smith said. “I think it’s a team we could have beat, but we made stupid mistakes and they were just too much.”

The Rams had hoped to gain momentum going into this weekend’s Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor where they will face the University of Buffalo, Texas A&M and the University of Michigan. n

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Left in the dust…

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Softball splits at UNM

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Mountain West Conference opponents beware. The CSU women’s softball team is young, hungry and looking to turn some heads.

In its conference opener Saturday, the team split its day-night double header against the Lobos of New Mexico in Albuquerque, winning game one 11-2, while losing a 2-1 nail biter in game two.

The positive start has the team talking about making a strong appearance in the MWC this season.

“Our odds are as good as anybody else in the conference,” senior third baseman Amanda Kocis said. “The whole conference has very similar talent levels. No one team is really breathtaking.”

The Rams put that confidence on display in game one as they shelled New Mexico pitchers Hayley Punter and Amy Dumas for 11 runs on 15 hits.

Freshman Steph Roberts led the offensive attack going 4-for-5 while sophomore Ricki Walker and junior Katie Koch had four hits and five RBIs combined.

Freshman pitcher Melanie Mahoney /_” who was named MWC pitcher of the week last week after throwing a complete-game shutout against the Oregon Ducks /_” struggled in the first inning, giving up a RBI-double to New Mexico’s Brook Chafee.

After that minor blip, Mahoney settled down and finished off the Lobos allowing only four hits the rest of the way.

With the victory Mahoney, who has given up one earned run in her past two starts, raised her record to 8-5, while lowering her ERA to a team-best 1.75.

However, the tide turned in game two, as the Rams were unable to finish off a potential game-tying rally.

With the Lobos leading 2-0 in the top of the seventh, freshman Maren Christensen hit a solo homerun to cut the lead in half.

The Rams then managed to get two more runners on base, until hitting into the final out to end the game.

By splitting the doubleheader against New Mexico, the Rams raised their record to 14-17 with a 1-1 conference record.

However, conference play does not get any easier for the Rams as they travel to Utah this weekend to play BYU and defending MWC champion Utah.

As for making a statement in conference play this season, Coach Mary Yori said she is not looking ahead.

“We want to focus on one game at a time,” she said. “The pitching staff needs buckle down and give us better performances on a consistent basis.”

Kocis added that if the Rams continue to play their short game while maintaining a high level of intensity, they “will make a statement this season.” n

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Women’s golf takes eighth in Oregon

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Aiming to make up some ground on the final day, the CSU women’s golf team fell further behind instead.

The Rams began the third and final round of the Oregon Duck Invitational Thursday in seventh place, then slipped to eighth Friday. CSU finished with a team total of 919, 37 shots behind the University of Washington and just one shot from tying Washington State University and BYU for the sixth spot.

CSU golfers Mayumi Motoyama and Stephanie Linnell each shot 12-over-par three-round totals of 228 to help CSU’s women’s golf team to an eighth-place finish at the Mallard Creek Golf Course.

Washington State’s Kim Welch won the individual title, shooting an even-par 216 over the 5,975-yard, par-72 course.

Besides Motoyama and Linnell, CSU’s Bridget Johnson tied for 25th, shooting 13-over 229. Lynette Duran tied for 43rd, 19 over, 235, and Kristen Campos tied for 68th, 30-over, 246.

Motoyama entered the final round at five over, then shot a 79, seven over par, Friday. Linnell was seven over through two rounds and carded a one-under-par 71 in the second round. She shot a 77 Friday.

Johnson had the best round of the day Friday for the Rams, shooting a one-over 73.

Women’s Tennis

The CSU women’s tennis team started Mountain West Conference play in San Diego, facing the 15th ranked team in the country, UNLV, on Friday.

It lost 7-0 and then dropped a 6-1 match to San Diego State on Saturday afternoon. With the losses, the Rams move to 5-10 on the season.

CSU freshman Dasha Zhurin had the lone point for the Rams over the weekend, getting it at the No. 5 singles position when Katey Clark-Becker from San Diego State retired with Zhurin ahead 3-0 in the first set.

CSU will next face the University of Denver on Wednesday and then will return to conference action with conference matches against Brigham Young University, Utah and Wyoming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively, in Laramie, Wyoming. The lone home match for the Rams this season will be against the University of Colorado on April 20. n

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Ft. Collins Farm Club

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Imagine for a moment, you’re back in high school.

You’re a wide-eyed 10th grade boy who happens upon a deceptively gorgeous freshman girl. She’s cute, but has slipped under the radar of most boys because she’s still, well, “developing,” shall we say.

You have some great times. On top of being attractive, she turns out to be nice and you two are in sweet, sophomoric bliss.

Then something funny happens.

Some of the bigger boys are starting to notice what a hottie you’ve attracted. You hear them whispering in the halls /_” “what a rack… what a smile… what’s she doing with him?”

The seniors are moving in on your turf and there’s nothing you can do to stop the inevitable /_” she moves up the popularity ladder, leaving your young ass behind in favor of the senior stud muffin. Sure, you’re nice and all, but he’s better. Besides, he’s got that pimped-out Civic. Super.

Now, am I just a guy who had a bitter time with the ladies back in the day? Perhaps.

But do I better understand the ways of college coaching changes because of such extended, depressed metaphors? You bet.

Just like the early days of dating, coaching college basketball is entirely about moving up to the biggest and the best pasture.

Loyalties be damned. When the chance for a bigger paycheck comes along, it seems nothing else matters.

Take our old friend Richie McKay. Two years ago, McKay left CSU for the wonderful opportunity to slum crap at Oregon State and get paid about twice as much in the process. Last week, McKay pulled another quick exit, leaving Oregon State after only two years /_” the same amount of time he spent at Colorado State /_” to head up the program at New Mexico for a cool $500,000 a year.

Did he burn a few bridges and leave a bitter taste with his abbreviated stay in Fort Collins? Yes.

But can you blame a man for wanting to make more money? No.

So what’s the real beef of the issue? Where college basketball coaching is concerned, CSU is the minor leagues. The Rams are an average team in an average league. And should any one awesome season come along, the major leagues will come knocking with a briefcase full of cash in hand.

Look at Kent State. First year Head Coach Stan Heath inherited a senior-laden team and took them to a 30-win season and an Elite Eight appearance. Major programs took notice. Less than a week after finally bowing out of the NCAA Tournament, Heath was named the new coach at the University of Arkansas, an SEC power looking for a hot young coach.

Such is life for middle-of-the-pack programs. Schools like Kent State and CSU serve as farm clubs for major conferences, where coaches hang around and refine their trade until they do well enough to leave.

CSU basketball is heading in the right direction under Dale Layer and his staff. But let’s say the Rams run off an impressive season in 2003. Say they somehow steer their way to a 20-win season and, after a strong showing at the Mountain West tournament, sneak their way into the NCAA Tournament.

Bye, bye Dale.

Just like that girlfriend long ago, he’d leave the sophomore for the senior – off to resurrect a big budget, big conference program.

And so, loyal Rams fans, you have a choice to make. Hope for the resurgence of CSU men’s hoops or hope Dale sticks around for a while.

Just don’t expect both.

Reed is a junior journalism major.

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Collegian endorses Bower/Chavez

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David Bower seems to love CSU.

That one of the many reasons that the editorial board has unanimously chosen to endorse Bower and his running mate, Jessica Chavez, for this year’s Associated Students of CSU presidential and vice presidential elections.

This decision came after meeting with Bower and Chavez and Ian Guest, one of a pair of write-in candidates for the position. We felt that Bower and Chavez have the experience, the vision, the realistic goals and the specific plans that this campus needs.

As the current Director of Finance, Bower has a detailed understanding of the student fee structure that this campus operates under. This knowledge will be very important to next year’s president.

Bower and Chavez also have experience in the ASCSU Senate – experience that will be useful as they work to change students’ perceptions of ASCSU and the senate, one of their stated goals. Some of the other goals that resonated with us were their plans to involve resident assistants in the advising process and their desire to excite students about the college experience.

In addition to their experience with ASCSU, Bower and Chavez seem to understand that they must leave the comfort and safety of the ASCSU office and reach out to students in a variety of settings. It is vital that this happens, as there are many student voices missing from our student government. We think that the Bower/Chavez combination of experience, new ideas and approachability is a great and useful tool for good on this campus.

This is a weird election year with only one official campaign ticket on the ballot. We are confident, though, that this is perhaps one of the strongest tickets this campus has seen in several years.

There’s plenty of potential here; if elected, we hope they don’t squander it.

We also hope that, if elected, Bower and Chavez do their best to ensure that the many ideas represented by all of the candidates and interested students are worked into the fabric of ASCSU.

Students, whomever you wish to vote for, please vote in this election. Your voice does matter.

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Church not to blame for individuals’ actions

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The Catholic Church is in trouble, but is it their fault?

Recent discoveries of sexual molestation and cover-ups have spurred thousands of Catholic criticisms and news stories with titles such as “Crisis in the Church” and “Can the Catholic Church save itself?”

Pedophilia is a crime as well as a sin. It cannot be ignored and it cannot be covered up. Criticism for cover-ups by the priests’ superiors is considered worse than just the act; I believe it should be.

If you knowingly allow troubled priests to continue a trend, then you are just as responsible, hands down.

However, I firmly believe that the root of these problems lies at the feet of the individuals responsible, not the Catholic Church.

While the Church should definitely monitor those who enter the priesthood and take a good look at issues of sexuality, the Church does not “breed” pedophiles, as many have assumed.

While the media may seem to be saying otherwise lately, pedophilia is not a practice that exists in Catholicism alone. There are thousands upon thousands of non-priest pedophiles and thousands upon thousands of priests who are not pedophiles. I’m willing to wager that there are clergy members of all denominations who have been guilty of this crime, yet the focus has been almost solely on Catholics.

Maybe it’s because of the Church’s controversial view on celibacy. Maybe the Church’s seemingly black and white stance on most social issues give the Church a “we’re holier than the rest of you guys” impression.

Whatever the case, the Catholic Church is, above all, other under scrutiny on this issue, and I don’t think it’s all warranted.

Is this a problem in the Church? Yes of course it is. Is this a problem of the Church. No. It is problem created in the outside world that has found its way into Catholicism as well as many other professions. It is a problem of the individual.

I think society expects more of priests, as it should. Priests choose a profession they know to be a type of moral hierarchy over their congregation.

They enter the job knowing full well that they are expected not just to be a moral hierarchy for their congregation, but a type of embodiment of Jesus Christ himself. If they are guilty of sexual assault, they, of all people, should know better and be held accountable /_” unlike the way the problem has been dealt with. But pedophilia is a problem they create for themselves, not a problem the Church creates for them.

I would never argue that the Catholic Church is perfect, (Hello? Crusades, people!), but I have to say that the Church has guts. It’s not afraid to take strong unpopular stances, even under intense scrutiny. It’s one of the largest and longest-living institutions in our world, and to hold that position, it must be doing something right.

I do hope that this will make the Church look at existing policies and work to alleviate the situation, build better communication, and handle issues out-right.

But I certainly hope that the Church won’t take total responsibility for the actions of individuals. The Church did not create them.

Yes, it’s probably time for a change in the Church, this situation has made that clear. But do not assume that the Church’s time-honored practices are totally responsible.

Maria Sanchez Traynor is a senior majoring in English and journalism.

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Politically correct vs. Looney Tunes: That’s all, folks?

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When I sit back and reflect upon my childhood, I’m a bit surprised that it never occurred to me to try and flatten my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Beaumont, with an anvil dropped from a fourth-story window. A daily dosage of Warner Bros.’ “Looney Tunes” was a significant staple of my television diet, and if I was as impressionable as today’s child psychologists seem to maintain, then it’s something of a mystery that I never slipped anyone a disguised stick of dynamite or plugged the barrel of a rifle with my index finger.

Interestingly enough, a little bit of controversy concerning the often questionable content of “Looney Tunes” is surfacing today, years after the cartoon series’ heyday. A massive e-mail and Internet campaign is being leveled against the Cartoon Network in the hopes that Speedy Gonzales /_” a rodent touted as “the fastest mouse in all of Mexico” /_” will be reinstated in the network’s day and prime time programming.

It turns out that Speedy has been missing from the network for more than two years /_” not because “el gringo pussygato” finally succeeded in catching him, but rather because network executives feared that the character might offend Mexican-Americans and/or instill an ignorant ethnic stereotype in the supposedly feeble minds of young viewers.

The problem isn’t necessarily with Speedy, but rather his amigos /_” a shabby collection of lazy, stupid and drunken mice who supposedly represent negative stereotypes Americans have about our friends south of the border. The problem with this argument is that it overlooks the character of Speedy, who shatters the stereotype by being vivacious, hardworking, courageous and clever. While I’ll admit that he’s something of a ladies’ mouse (some might argue womanizer), clearly Speedy’s centrality in the cartoon serves to undermine faulty and erroneous misconceptions American viewers might have against the Mexican people.

Furthermore, Speedy seems to be embraced among much of the Spanish-speaking world. According to a recent Fox News interview with a Cartoon Network spokesperson, Speedy is “hugely popular” – and currently uncensored – on the Spanish-speaking sister station, Cartoon Network Latin America. And, if the message board for HispanicOnline.com is any indication, the effort to phase out Speedy Gonzales is widely seen as an attack on Latino culture.

Regardless, the inevitable extermination of Speedy Gonzales strikes me as a death knell for Looney Tunes altogether. The following list is my prediction as to which characters will be slowly phased out next, and the politically correct rationale for doing so.

Pepe LePew: instills negative stereotypes about the French while encouraging young boys to repeatedly harass and stalk unwilling females.

Marvin the Martian: encourages children to use an Illudium Pu-36 Space Modulator in order to blow up the planet with an earth-shattering ka-boom.

The Stork: as if flying and working while inebriated weren’t deplorable enough, his very existence spreads misinformation about important issues like sexuality.

Wile E. Coyote: suggests that it’s acceptable to destroy pristine rock formations in the desert instead of preserving these natural monuments for future generations.

Elmer Fudd: who is this guy? Some kind of poster child for the NRA? Plus his speech difficulties might be construed as a slur against those who struggle valiantly against such a debilitating impediment (ditto for serial stutterers Porky Pig and Foghorn Leghorn).

Yosemite Sam: a few of his cartoons suggest that after 150 years, it’s OK to start making light of Confederates and their ugly role in America’s tarnished history.

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck: Rabbit Season and Duck Season are kept separate for a reason. By blurring the distinction, these two characters undermine the importance of concepts such as population control and ecosystem balance.

Jon Watkins is a senior majoring in English.

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Cycling club to hold Oval Race on Sunday

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Baseball

After having most of its spring season cancelled due to weather and other circumstances, the CSU baseball team is ready for some spring fever. The team will play two games against the University of Northern Colorado on Saturday at CSU. The first game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

The team is coming off two loses to Trinidad State Junior College; however, the Rams remain 4-0 in the league.

“The game is pretty big,” said team captain Paul Olmstead. “We can set a precedent for the season and the rest of the league this weekend. They (UNC) have been our best competition so it should be a good series.”

CSU Cycling

The CSU cycling club is offering an Oval Race on Sunday open to all students and the public. The mile-long course will be used for races that will run all day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with various categories for racers. The categories include collegiate men’s and women’s A, B and C, as well as juniors and adult men’s and women’s. Collegiate entries cost $7 and all other entries are $20.

Men’s Lacrosse

After a disappointing loss last weekend to Brigham Young, the CSU lacrosse team will attempt to bounce back this Saturday against Colorado College. The Rams take a 5-2 record into the game against the Division III foe that is also head coach Flip Naumberg’s alma mater.

The team is looking to gain some momentum going into the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., next weekend when they will play three games against Michigan, Buffalo and Texas A&M.

The CSU women’s lacrosse team will play host to the University of Northern Colorado Friday night. The game will be at 7 p.m. on the Intramural Fields. n

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Championships let all the gas out

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Get out the gas masks; that time is coming again.

At the beginning and end of January, it strikes a couple towns. In the heat of the summer, it strikes a couple more. October gets caught, too.

And at the end of March Madness, it always arrives. It’s riot fever, and it will strike a new town this weekend.

Denver’s become accustomed to this bug. It came around when the Avalanche claimed hockey’s Stanley Cup last summer. I was there.

I was also there when the Broncos caused riots in 1997 and ’98 after Super Bowl wins. Let me tell you, Colorado likes riots (see also: University of Northern Colorado and University of Colorado at Boulder).

But they won’t be coming anywhere near Colorado this weekend. Lawrence, Kansas is the closest it might get.

Wherever the riots may appear, they will appear for the first time in quite awhile. Kansas, Maryland and Oklahoma may now be considered annual powerhouses, and Indiana a storied program, but none have won a championship in more than a decade, if at all.

The KU Jayhawks are the most recent champions as they won it all in 1988, before many of us had even hit puberty. It was before coach Roy Williams got there, and if he doesn’t win it this year, he very well may start his own riot. But it won’t be a good one (if riots can be considered good). Williams’ teams have had so many No. 1 seeds (they’re a No. 1 this year) but so many early tournament exits, Jayhawk fans engaged in pre-riots just for making it past the Sweet 16.

Hopefully for KU, it’ll meet OU in the championship game, as that was the team the Jayhawks beat for the title in ’88. Then there’s sweet redemption from a month ago; the Sooners knocked out KU in the Big 12 title game after the Jayhawks went 16-0 in league play during the season.

But Oklahoma would like to start a riot over a sports championship other than football for the first time in history. With a lack of professional teams, the town of Norman will be joined by the rest of the state in some happy violence should OU transform its reputation from a “football school” to an “also has basketball school.”

Bloomington, Ind., last saw a riot the year before Kansas last did. Well, I guess you could consider former coach Bobby Knight’s 29-year tenure at the helm its own little riot. But now with Knight gone and the prospect of facing either Kansas or Maryland, should the Hoosiers get past the Sooners, I don’t think there’s any worry of rioting this year.

The best rioting come Monday night may be in College Park, Md. The Terrapins made their first ever Final Four appearance last year but didn’t make it to the championship game. Should they win it all, expect another nut frenzy like the crazies in Baltimore when the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2001.

Only this time, it will come from college kids, and college kids that will still be drunk from spring break. Sources close to me say Terps fans camp out for three days just for tickets to basketball games. Just imagine how long they’ll riot if a championship is won.

I heard surrounding campus stores are already out of gas masks.

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