Softball ends year at home

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May 012002

With its back against the wall and a 4-11 conference record, the CSU softball team looks to end a seven-game losing streak in its final home stand of the season.

At 1:30 p.m. today at Rams Field, CSU faces Mountain West Conference foe BYU (4-8, 27-19) in its last attempt to revive a floundering season.

Although their 4-11 record puts the Rams at the bottom of the conference, head coach Mary Yori said the record does not reflect the team’s talent.

“We have lost some close games,” Yori said. “We’ve lost some where we have been out in front and been unable to finish (our opponent) off. Three or four of those losses could have gone either way.”

The biggest challenge facing the Rams today is BYU sophomore slugger Oli Keohohou, who leads the conference in nearly every offensive category, including average (.444), hits (48), home runs (17) and RBIs (43).

“She’s a great player,” Yori said. “If we have to walk her every time she comes to the plate, we’ll walk her. The situation will dictate what we do.”

The series is also the final home games for seniors Kai Stone and Amanda Kocis.

“Mentally, emotionally and physically it’s been exhausting,” said Kocis of her career at CSU. “It’s unfortunate to be done with the game, but it’s been really fun with the memories and friendships I’ve built over the years.”

Stone added that though her career is coming to a close, she still wants to finish it on top.

“The season hasn’t been perfect, but you can’t expect that,” Stone said. “To close out the year with the conference championship is all that we have left to do.” n

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‘Year in review’ has been played, but not played out

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May 012002

You see it every single year.

The columnists at our esteemed college newspaper turn their final column of the year into an ode to the past year.

The funny thing about these opuses is that they are written in a way that’s reminiscent of all the cheesy high school graduation speeches that all of us were forced to endure. You know, the ones that walked us from kindergarten when we loved Michael Jackson, to senior year, when we still loved Michael Jackson.

Yeah, the old “year in review” column has definitely been done.

So I decided to break from the norm and give you loyal readers something fresh, new and innovative for the last week of real school.

And then I changed my mind.

Yeah, being innovative is great and all, but it’s too tempting to walk you guys down recent memory lane. Besides, it gives me a sense of closure. I mean, after an entire year of smart assed commentaries, it’s not exactly easy to write your last one, you know?

I’ll try not to say the words “We are the leaders of tomorrow” but I can’t promise anything.

And now, the things we saw in sports over the past nine months:

We saw our football team go from preseason favorites with a minor quarterback issue to midseason flops with a major quarterback issue, back into a respectable squad that finally adjusted to the quarterback issue and made it work.

We saw our major women’s teams, volleyball and basketball, continue the dominance over the Mountain West that they have sustained over the past few years. And we saw that they are showing no signs of letting up.

Speaking of not letting up, we saw our young, inexperienced men’s basketball team take every team they played this year to the brink, but they were not be able to push them past it. On the plus side, we did see the beginning of a pretty good nucleus for our men hoopsters.

We saw the New England Patriots steal a Super Bowl from their clearly more talented opponents and we loved it.

We saw Britney Spears bravely cross over from the music realm to the silver screen and loved it.

(Yeah, I know that doesn’t really count as a sports moment, but what some guys do after they watch one of her videos might be classified as a sport.)

We saw the BCS nearly screw up college football again.

We saw an aging Michael Jordan return to the court in an attempt to revamp a horrible Wizards basketball team, a feat he actually accomplished for a while. Down the stretch, though, he showed that even the great ones can’t play forever.

Too bad, because it would be nice to bring another Hall of Fame player back to his old stomping grounds in Denver, considering the way Brian Griese played last year.

We saw Mike Tyson freak out, again.

We saw the Nuggets suck, again.

We saw a thrilling World Series. Of course, every World Series that the Yankees don’t win is thrilling in my book.

We saw our country endure a tragedy and the sports world stood still out of respect for it.

We saw, and are continuing to see, our Avalanche make another run at Lord Stanley’s cup.

However, we also saw Detroit assemble a team that reads more like a Hall of Fame ballot, so we could be in for a disappointment this year. I think that the Avs have a chance, especially with Forsberg and Hejduk back in the mix, but it sure would have been nice if Vancouver had beaten the Red Wings, huh?

Yes, we saw many interesting things in sports over the past year. But the future holds many more poignant moments, and it is up to us to make sure we seize them, because we are, in fact, the leaders of tomorrow.

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

Lucas is a senior journalism major.

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Columnist says final good-byes to CSU

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May 012002

Well, this is it, our last week together. I congratulate all you seniors that have made it this far. It has been a long and exhausting semester, but the end is near. The future is ours, now that we have the knowledge to go places. We can soon look forward to an unstable job market and financial insecurity.

Reach for the stars.

As for those who are not graduating, I have compiled a list of items I will be selling that are no longer a necessity to me. The items to be sold are as follows:

* Slightly used 3-subject notebook,

* Bike with flat tire, missing seat, and U-lock,

* CSU CUPPS cup (for those who remember what they are),

* Chemistry textbook still in wrapper,

* Original artwork by Katie Dugan,

* Backpack with pens, pencils and big pink eraser,

* “A” parking pass (Do not ask how I got it),

* Activated e-ID,

* 2 messy roommates,

* 10-pack Ramen Noodle,

* Autographed photo of Lucas Stanley,

* Telephone with Hot Wok on speed dial,

* Blockbuster card with small fee,

* Marti Gras beads,

* Half-eaten pizza,

* Sonny Lubick bobble head,

* Albert Yates bobble head,

* ASCSU handbook with the first two-weeks filled in,

* Set of 8 Carl’s Jr. cups,

* 24 unused graduation announcements,

* One Liberal Arts degree.

If interested in any of these items, log on to E-bay and make your bid today.

Proceeds go to Ben’s Post-Graduation Survival Fund (a.k.a. graduation celebrations). With that aside, I want to reflect upon some of the great things I will be leaving behind at CSU.

I will miss the “Saved by the Bell” set recreated in the lower level of the Lory Student Center. I will miss the free fliers, Bibles, candy, and ideas handed out on the Plaza. I will miss the formal gowns and halter-tops worn by freshman women. Actually no, I will not miss that. I will miss the teachers, friends and custodial workers who made a difference. I will miss the life of no responsibility. I will miss sharing my thoughts and ideas with my readers every other Thursday.

So for those who will be here next year, here is a little senior advice. No matter how much you try, your senior year will be one of the hardest years in your college career. I remember thinking, “Oh yeah, senior year will be a breeze.”

Boy, was I wrong. As it turns out, you still have to work and go to class your senior year. I thought, by default, I would pass all my classes. Not the case. So when planning your schedule, be realistic. Get the tough stuff don, and remember to go to class. If not, you will pay at midterms.

So goodbye, my beloved CSU. Do not be sad, for I have gone to a better place. Remember the memories and good times we have shared together. I hope I have challenged you to think in ways you have never done before. I hope I made you laugh, cry and hate Wal-Mart.

Drive safe and do not forget to buckle-up. It will be a long journey until we meet again. Remember that college is once in a lifetime.

Live it up.

Your friend,

Arthur Benjamin Sintas, Jr.

P.S. Beat CU!

Ben Sintas has left the building. Have a great summer.

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Mideast problem is a Christian one, too

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May 012002

I am sitting at my desk in my bedroom, listening to M-16 and AK-47 gunfire coming from inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. This, one of the holiest sites in Christianity, has for a month been the refuge of 200 Palestinian gunmen besieged by the Israeli army outside.

In a move that President Bush called “hopeful,” 26 Palestinians emerged from the church yesterday, making us believe there was a chance the standoff would end.

Now I sit and hear a “bell of distress” sound from the church tower, interrupted only by gunshots. Yasser Arafat himself calls the bells “a cry for help.”

Is this a movie? It must be. I’ve heard bullets before, in movies starring John Wayne and Bruce Willis. They don’t sound as hollow as these real ones. I keep thinking it’s only a matter of time now before Harrison Ford emerges to save the day and prevent the birthplace of Jesus from burning down.

But no – this is real. Tom Aspell is standing outside with his video phone, telling MSNBC anchor Lester Holt what is happening. He pauses to allow his viewers to hear the gunfire.

I am not one to openly talk about my faith and I don’t try to convince others to believe what I believe. But I can’t ignore this. I can’t escape the sick, hollow feeling I have in my stomach right now, as I watch orange flames shoot from perhaps the holiest site in my religion.

I can’t ignore what the Bible says in St. John’s Revelation, that the second coming would begin in the Holy Land where Jesus was born.

The Vatican, as preoccupied as it is with a few dirty old men, has asked Israel to find a way to end this siege. And the standoff has ended in Ramallah, with the exchange of six Palestinian prisoners resulting in the release of Arafat from the grip of the Israeli military. So why is it not over at this Christian site? Why has no one asked about the Christian perspective on this?

The news tries to ask that question, too.

“I think this is horrible,” Yvonne Haddad, a religious studies expert at Georgetown University, tells Holt. “I think President Bush could have done more … this is a holy site for Arab Christians.”

Excuse me? Arab Christians, yes, but why aren’t Catholic and Greek Orthodox Christians included in that sentence? (Protestants have identified a different site as the place of Jesus’ birth.)

Haddad continued: “President Bush feels liable to the Israeli lobby … the Arab world is outraged.”

Indeed they are, but I am Catholic, and I am outraged. The Holy Land is holy for me, too. No one seems to care, or at least acknowledge, that the Mideast crisis holds special significance for people other than Arabs and Jews.

The site where Catholics believe Jesus was born was identified by St. Helena in the third century C.E., during her trip through the Middle East, and the church itself was constructed under the direction of the Roman emperor Constantine II in the fourth century. In Bethlehem, one of the more hotly contested cities on the West Bank, the church is revered as a historical and holy place. Palestinians took refuge there likely because they figured no one would attack a site with such religious significance. This was a tactic during the Middle Ages, too – criminals or other refugees would take shelter in churches, claiming the sanctity of the site would protect them, and it usually did.

But not today. Not in the age of Uzis and submachine guns.

And all anyone discusses are the Palestinians and the Jews.

Well, this is a Christian problem too, and that should be more widely understood.

Becky is a junior majoring in journalism and history.

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A letter to the governor

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May 012002

An Open Letter to Colorado Gov. Bill Owens:

In the coming days a piece of legislation will be coming across your desk that on the surface may appear to be a good deal. The so-called “riot bill” (a.k.a. HB 1173) stipulates that students enrolled in higher education institutions across the state be suspended from school for one year if they are convicted of riot charges.

The Colorado Assembly has already given their approval to the bill, and all that is needed now is your signature for the “riot bill” to become the “riot law.”

Do not sign it.

This bill clearly is discriminatory against college students, as well as superfluous and unnecessary. Already college students in Colorado face disciplinary action from their schools if they are convicted on riot charges or any other felony charges, for that matter. Why should the state force the schools to do something that they already do anyway?

Universities and colleges across the state have the right to set their own disciplinary procedures for students. They should not be forced to implement a minimum punishment by the state for riots, but not for other equally serious or more heinous crimes such as sexual assaults, fraud or even murder.

In addition, this piece of legislation, though intended to be proactive, only provides for a retroactive punishment. Where is the language providing for further education or increased funding for police departments to help prevent riots from happening in the first place? Will a drunken college student think twice before starting a bonfire in the street because he or she might get suspended from school? We doubt it; no more than the thought of facing criminal charges might have given them pause.

The single largest problem we have with this bill, though, is that it blatantly discriminates against a certain group of people in Colorado: college students. We would be in favor of legislation providing for increased punishment for rioters in general, but the fact that this bill singles out college students for additional retribution makes it unfair. Those found guilty of inciting a riot, arming rioters or engaging in a riot are criminals, but students committing these same acts are not more criminal than those in the general population. This bill makes it sound like they are.

You have a responsibility to the citizens of Colorado to veto discriminatory legislation brought before you. We strongly encourage you to exercise this executive power.


The Rocky Mountain Collegian Editorial Board

Maria Sanchez-Traynor, Editor In Chief

Ben Koerselman, Campus Editor

Josh Hardin, State/Regional Editor

Zeb Carabello, News Managing Editor

Becky Waddingham, Night/Features Managing Editor

Kate Hunley, Assistant Night Managing Editor

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