College of Business to focus on ethics

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Jul 232002
 
Authors: Melissa Pester

CSU’s College of Business plans to offer ethics courses for graduate and undergraduate students in light of the recent corporate scandals.

“Ethics is an area that has been consistently overlooked and neglected by colleges of business because of the assumption that it is all about personal values,” said O.C. Ferrel, director of the E-Center for Business Ethics in a release. “Business students are challenged more than ever to understand the legal and ethical environments in which they make their decisions.”

Large corporations, like Qwest Communications International and WorldCom, have faced criminal investigations from the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission since June.

The investigations looked into each corporation’s accounting methods and speculations of fraudulently masking losses as profit. The public announcement of the investigations have aided in Wall Street’s continuing fall over the past week.

Worldcom’s investigation came just after the corporation filed for bankruptcy last week and information masking.

As unethical practices in corporate America continue to be revealed, President Bush announced a call to action from the nation’s business schools to “be principled teachers of right and wrong.”

In response to that announcement the College of Business at CSU decided to take action.

“The guiding principles for the College of Business are built upon a strong ethics foundation,” said Ajay Menon, dean of the College of Business in the release. “To build on our tradition of community and customer focus, a task force has been established to ensure that the curriculum will contain a broad-based inclusion of ethics, corporate values and social responsibility in both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Business.”

The College of Business also plans to implement a year-long program ran by Ferrel and Lynn Turner, director of the Center for Quality Financial Reporting, that will include a lecture series, workshops, symposiums, debates and a business day focusing on business ethics.

“We have the opportunity and responsibility to prepare our students, not only in the realm of business but in all areas, for the intellectual, ethical and social challenges they will face once they embark upon their careers,” said Albert C. Yates, president of CSU in the release.

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New transit center on-schedule

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Jul 232002
 
Authors: Craig Bonnot

The new Transfort transit center, which is being built in the parking lot north of the Lory Student Center, is coming along according to schedule and is expected to be ready in time for the fall semester.

“Our goal is to have the transit center operational with buses by the 26 of August,” said Cass Beitler, CSU’s project manager.

This schedule ensures that the transit center will be up and running by the time classes resume for the fall semester. However, construction will not be fully completed by this time.

“The shelters will not be done, and the landscaping will not be tone,” Beitler said. “There’s still a few things to finish up.’

The transit center is expected to be completely finished halfway through the fall semester.

“I would guess it will take another month to complete the job 100 percent,” Beitler said. Beyond a few minor problems, further construction is not expected to hinder the overall operation of the transit center.

“We might have to shut down one or two lanes at a time, install the shelters and open them back up,” Beitler said.

The transit center is not expected to have a major effect on student parking in the area. In fact, Kay Rios, the director of parking services, said they have added more metered parking and shifted some spaces to the east end of the engineering lot.

“People who have been away will not notice there was a shift,” Rios said. She added that the transit center really benefits students by giving them better access to parking and a really nice bus shelter.

CSU was interested in constructing the transit center for a number of reasons, Rios said.

“We’re hoping that we get more people riding the bus,” she said. Adding that the new transit center will provide students with a better, more comfortable place to wait for buses. The center will also make it easier for buses to move on and off campus. Rios said the current bus stop outside the library did not allow for efficient bus traffic. She said she believes the new system will be much better.

“It should be an easier flow pattern,” she said.

The city will bring buses from Shields Street onto Plum Street. The buses will then drive around the transit center and exit back onto Plum, Beitler said. There will also be buses coming from the south, which will drive up Meridian Avenue, turn onto Plum and then enter the center.

CSU students had mixed feeling about the transit centers construction.

“I ride the bus every day, and I’ve never had problems standing outside,” said Marci Busbee, a graduate student studying agriculture. “Maybe it would be nice to have a transit center.”

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Alleged bike thieves apprehended

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Jul 232002
 
Authors: Craig Bonnot

Colorado State University Police believe that they have two people in the Larimer County Detention Center who may be responsible for a series of recent bicycle thefts in Fort Collins.

The Loveland police informed the CSU Police Department Sunday that Jami Talbert and Josh Charles of Loveland, who had been arrested on drug charges, might be responsible for the bike thefts.

CSUPD was able to obtain a search warrant and discovered 10 stolen bikes, said Capt. Bob Chaffee of CSUPD. There was also evidence that several bicycles had been taken to area pawn shops and officers were able to use this lead to uncover additional bicycles.

“We have 28 confirmed recoveries,” said Officer Adam Smith of CSUPD. There is additional evidence that some stolen bikes may have been taken to pawn shops outside of the Fort Collins area, he said.

“There’s a possibility that as we get more info from the pawn shops this might involve other areas than just Fort Collins,” Capt. Chaffee said.

Officer Smith said they have investigated five pawnshops and believe that more bicycles might be recovered at other shops in Weld and Boulder counties. He added that police are not completely sure how many bicycles the pair might have stolen.

“The number just keeps getting bigger,” Smith said. “I can’t even guess now because it keeps getting bigger. More then we’d anticipated. We’re at at least 40 right now.”

Charles and Talbert are currently being held under investigation for theft of $500-$1500 in property, possession of burglary tools and possession of controlled substances.

Police are urging anyone who had a bicycle stolen between April 2002 and July 21, to contact officer Adam Smith of CSUPD at 491-6425.

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‘Identity,’ ‘Talkers’ both worth seeing

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Jul 192002
 
Authors: Ben Koerselman

If you were too busy last weekend helping “Scooby Doo” to a $56 million haul to check out the other new releases, here are a couple reviews that may help you make up your mind which one you have to see, rated from one to five stars.

The Bourne Identity

Franka Potente (“Run Lola Run”) and Matt Damon (pick a movie) star in a taut, well-done thriller that offers a welcome distraction from the traditional summer fair. This film prefers quiet contemplation (how quiet? Well, I could hear the “Windtalkers” explosions in the theatre next door) to tell the tale of an amnesiac CIA assassin (Damon) searching for his identity while being hunted by his former employers. The film makes good use of a variety of European locals, and has at its center the best car chase since “Ronin.”

Damon plays Jason Bourne as a man tormented by a past he cannot remember. Found by a fishing boat floating in the Mediterranean with two bullet holes in his back and a laser-device containing a number for a Swiss-bank account embedded in his hip, Bourne tries to follow the few clues he has to discover the secret of his identity. His training in martial arts, languages and weaponry have become instinctual, a fact that freaks him out in the beginning, but he puts them to good use and avoids detection long enough to meet up with a gypsy woman named Marie (Potente). She drives Bourne to Paris and quickly becomes his coconspirator – also on the CIA’s hit list – and his lover in roughly that order.

Meanwhile, Bourne’s old CIA bosses are hot on his trail, using all the technological means at their disposal to trace his moves. They sometimes get one step ahead – thanks to the efforts of an agent in Paris (Julia Stiles), who seems privy to all the necessary information more quickly than the local police – but often are outwitted by Bourne who also seems to gain access to the right information and technology on an as-needed basis.

Beyond that, the story serves as nothing more than something to get the movie from one well done suspense sequence to another. The acting and direction (by Doug Liman) are both above par, but the plot has one to many holes to be taken seriously. In short, “Identity” is a thinking-persons movie, but don’t try to think too hard. *** stars

Windtalkers

A well made, but by-the-numbers war movie that tries hard to honor the Navajo code-talkers who helped win the Pacific battles of World War II. Unfortunately, like several war-flicks before it (“Glory” anyone?) “Windtalkers” opts to tell the story through the eyes of a white marine sergeant (played with angst by Nicolas Cage) whose mission is to protect the code at all costs. The result is that the Navajo soldiers are given second-billing and are often viewed from the outside. A better movie may have resulted if the story had been flipped and told through the eyes of the windtalkers that gave the film its title.

The story that is told is passable enough, though riddled with the many war movie clich/s that seem to plague all films of this type. However, the performances, intense battle sequences and taut direction by John Woo carry the day enough to make this a film I can recommend.

Cage proves again that he is at his best when playing characters trying to escape personal demons. His Sgt. Joe Enders is haunted by a mission that went bad and resulted in the deaths of every man under his command. His new assignment is to guard a Navajo code-talker and if necessary kill him to keep the code out of Japanese hands. Naturally, Enders doesn’t want to become overly friendly with the man he is assigned to protect.

Unfortunately, this proves difficult because his code-talker Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) has a bright winning smile, is full of good humor and is nearly impossible to dislike. The relationship between these two men, the despondent veteran and the good-natured new recruit, gives the movie the lift it needs to carry through. *** stars

A warning for the squeamish: “Windtalkers” is an apparent attempt to one-up “Saving Private Ryan” and “Black Hawk Down” for the most intense, violent and realistic battle scenes. This film earns its R-rating. n

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Art house flicks offer needed summer distraction

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Jul 192002
 
Authors: Ben Koerselman

As the summer movie season heats up for the July 4 weekend, traditionally one of the most profitable weekends of the year for the movie industry (it helps that the weekend starts on a Wednesday). But if you’ve seen “Mr. Deeds” and “Men in Black II,” “Powerpuff Girls” and “Like Mike” don’t interest you (or you catch them all today, and realize you still have four days of the weekend to go), you may want to head down to your local (or in our case south Denver) art theatre to check out an indie flick. Sure they don’t have the special effects or big budgets of the traditional summer popcorn movie, and many rely heavily on story and strongly developed characters, but at least you are almost guaranteed a thought-provoking movie-going experience. Here are three mini-reviews of independent films playing now down south, from one to five stars.

The Importance of Being Earnest

This retelling of the Oscar Wilde play starring Judi Dench, Reese Witherspoon, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth, is ridiculously funny in a prim and proper, very British kind of way. The mistaken identities run amuck, the comedic elements skirt the bounds of believability and the ending ties up the loose ends a bit too neatly, but you can tell the actors are having fun, and most deliver their lines with pitch-perfect British accents. One complaint is how the Witherspoon character’s fully realized fantasies of knights in shining armor and princesses detracts from the continuity, instead of providing needless sight-gags to an already funny enough story, but that’s a minor distraction. “Earnest” is a breezy 90 minutes of silliness, with winsome performances and an ultra-happy ending. It won’t make you think, but it will make you smile. ***

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Now this one will make you think. “Y Tu Mama Tambien” is a sexy and erotic tale of two Mexican teenage guys (Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna) who convince an older Spanish woman (Maribel Verdu) to join them on a cross-country journey to a beach that exists only in their imagination. Along the way they learn lessons – sometimes painful, sometimes poignant – about each other, their burgeoning sexuality and the limits and extremities of love. Each of the characters has a secret that is revealed along the journey, and ultimately the movie shows what happens when people are completely honest with one another. Their travels take them through the Mexico of the city and the Mexico of the countryside, both with as much personality as the characters themselves. This film’s frank attitude towards sex and nudity (expect full-frontal from both sexes) may turn off some viewers, but the situations presented in these scenes of extreme sexuality offer a window into how real people take the first tentative steps into their full development as human beings. The journey for these characters is an intense one, rimmed with sadness. If this is porn, it is porn with pathos. Spanish with English sub-titles *****

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

Another coming-of-age story, this one about Catholic schoolboys growing up in the 70s. The two main kids (Emile Hirsch and Kieran Culkin) share a general disdain for their nun instructor (Jodie Foster), who has one wooden leg. They also share an interest in comic books, where tales of good and evil rarely have shades of gray. As the boys story unfolds it is mirrored in the comic book world of their imaginations (animated by Todd McFarlane of “Spawn” fame). Mostly, these boys are looking for distraction, an end to their boredom, and find it in alcohol, drugs, increasingly elaborate pranks, poetry and finally girls. One girl (Jena Malone) catches the eye and heart of Hirsch’s character. She is never boring; indeed, she is needlessly complex. She has a shocking secret that seems a little too heavy for the story to support. If these kids were a little older the problems and situations thrust on them might be more believable, as it stands the young cast has a heavy load to carry on their pubescent shoulders. To their credit, they nearly succeed. ***

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Five mini-reviews of early-summer releases

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Jul 192002
 
Authors: Ben Koerselman

With the summer movie season upon us, and lots of stars’ names on the marquee, it can be difficult to separate the gems from the garbage. Here’s help in the form of five 30-second reviews of recent releases rated from one to five stars.

Insomnia

A Los Angeles detective (Al Pacino) loses sleep and his integrity investigating a murder in a small Alaskan town. Pacino proves once again that the sun hasn’t set on his brilliant career and Robin Williams delivers a creepy performance as a mystery novelist turned killer. The film is a well-made thriller by Christopher Nolan (director of “Memento” the best film of 2001) that shows the slow decline of a good cop who has lost his ethics, his partner and his way. Hilary Swank is great as a local cop who assembles all of the clues but does not like the picture they paint of her one-time hero. **** stars

Spider-Man

If you have not already seen this $350 million-plus grossing mega-hit, you probably are not going to. But just in case you were waiting for the crowds to dissipate, here goes: the action sequences look like an expensive computer-generated cartoon, the characterizations are stiff and the movie tries for emotional depth it doesn’t earn. Peter Parker (played with a surprising lack of angst by Tobey Maguire) is a pathetic teenage every-geek who, after getting bit by a radioactive spider and losing his uncle to a random act of violence, becomes the webslinging superhero. Enter the arch-villain Green Goblin (Willem Defoe wearing an annoyingly static green mask) a defense contracting scientist gone insane, his son (Parker’s best friend… of course) and a love interest (Kirstin Dunst). None of this adds up to a good movie, not even as throwaway summer popcorn fare. * 1/2 stars

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

A traditionally animated film (with some digital assists) meant for the kids and the kid in all of us. “Spirit” tells the tale of a wild horse in the American West before it was won. The filmmakers take a risk, and mostly succeed, by telling the story through narration and song without having the horses utter a word. The carefully rendered body language of the majestic lead stallion is enough to convey all the emotion needed in most scenes. The music by Brian Adams doesn’t always work, but the strength of the story and the exquisite animation carries the day. Unfortunately the movie ends on an overly manufactured happy note (much like Dreamworks’ “Prince of Egypt”) without following the story through to its true conclusion, where a once wild and untamed West became the place we now call home. *** stars

Star Wars- Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Watching Yoda kick ass in the final reel is worth the price of admission. In those few minutes when he spins and twirls with a lightsaber and leads a massive army into battle the new “Star Wars” movie regains some of the magic of the first trilogy. The rest of the film is an uneven, and sometimes confusing, mess. Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) fall in love apparently because they are supposed to considering the lack of any emotional sparks between the actors, the Jedi Council seems to be deliberating misreading the signs leading to its destruction and Jar Jar makes a cameo appearance. The special effects are as good as expected and the visual design is impressive, but the acting is wooden and the dialogue is sometimes painful to the ears. If you are going to see this one, see it for the images (and for Yoda), forget the story and acting, they are beyond redemption. ** stars

The Sum of All Fears

This movie could probably not be made in a post-Sept. 11 world, especially with warnings our nation’s leaders constantly issuing warnings of more and worse terrorist attacks to come. Just such a disaster is the centerpiece of “The Sum of All Fears,” a passable action thriller starring Ben Affleck as a low-level CIA analyst. Perhaps, though, this is the kind of movie people should see in this time of increasing fear and wariness. In the film the neo-Nazi terrorists (they were Islamic extremists in the Tom Clancy book of the same name upon which the movie is based) get theirs and the world ends up a better and safer place. This is a fantasy world that most of us would not mind escaping to, if only for a couple of hours. *** stars

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Cafe Theatre offers good productions under the stars

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Jul 162002
 
Authors: Ben Koerselman

There’s nothing better than seeing a play outside under the stars, sort of the theatrical equivalent of going to a drive-in movie. Last week I got to see two “Shaker’s” and “The Shape of Things,” both put on by the CSU Department of Music, Theatre and Dance as part of Caf/ Theatre 2002. The plays, along with Neil Simon’s “Proposals” are playing on a rotational basis through July 27 (see outbox for ticket prices and times). In addition to the great acting, food and drinks are served before the performances and during the intermission.

Below are quick reviews of two of the productions and a short synopsis of the third, rated from one to five stars.

Shakers

Written by John Godber and Jane Thornton

Directed by Eric Prince

*** stars

The trendy bar and restaurant that gives this play its title is the setting as four twenty-something waitresses try to escape the ruts they have found themselves in. One (Molly McGuire) is a mother with a 3-year-old girl at home, one (Karla Fremaint) wants to be a photographer, another (Kimberly Goetsch) is leaving to be dancer on a Norwegian cruise and beginning to regret that decision, and the last (Kristina Wiebe) is getting married and is just glad not to be working in a supermarket anymore.

The play tracks these characters through one hectic night at the bar, as they deal with unruly, rude, snobby and grabby customers. Occasionally the actresses slip into other roles, most often and annoyingly as four Target shopping cheerleader types getting ready for the celebration of a 21st birthday. The comedic highpoint comes when they transform into four male customers – complete with backward and sideways baseball caps and a perpetual slouch – who believe the world and all its female inhabitants should revolve around them, or at least seek their approval.

The play is well directed and all four actresses are confident in their roles and play off each other well.

During its comedic moments “Shakers” has snappy dialogue and is fast-paced enough that it is easy to forget that the four women are the only ones on-stage. However, it is in its dramatic moments that the play reveals its depth. Each of the characters has a monologue where they share their background and secrets with the audience, shedding light on why they act certain ways.

It is clear by the end that all of these women are stuck in an endless cycle of bad dance music, worse pick-up lines and endless drink orders. They want out, but can’t find the way or are afraid of what might happen if they leave. Shakers offers security, while the rest of their lives offer only uncertainty.

The Shape of Things

Written by Neil LaBute

Directed by Morris Burns

**** stars

Set at a small liberal arts college in a conservative midwestern town, “The Shape of Things” may hit home with many people here.

Trevor Jackson plays Adam a nerdy guy who transforms from a glasses wearing, hunter jacket sporting nail-biter, into a Tommy Hilfiger model clone after meeting Evelyn (J. Brooke McQueen), a beautiful and persuasive art major who believes that the best art is about truth.

This play is about truth as well, and about honesty. About how lies can destroy friendships and relationships, and how the truth can sometimes be overly subjective.

Molly Weiler and Sotirios Lavaditis also star as Adam’s friends. They are engaged to be married and are learning their own lessons about trust and betrayal.

I won’t reveal any more details of the plot here because it is one that should be experienced without introduction, but I will say that the subject matter can be very frank and the language R-rated (a few people left the performance I attended after one scene where two of the actors were in bed together).

The script by Neil LaBute is both intelligent and witty (sample exchange: “I’m a student,” “What’s your emphasis?” “Taking out student loans primarily.”), with a final scene that will either make you angry or make you feel sorry for the characters, each of them for a different reason. The play earns both reactions.

Both the acting and directing are top-notch, and service the material well. Adam’s transformation over the course of the two-hour play is pronounced, and Jackson deserves accolades for a performance that is both restrained and emotional. However, a more abrupt transformation at the end by Evelyn, pulled off brilliantly by McQueen, places the play squarely in her pocket.

Excellent.

Also playing:

Proposals

Written by Neil Simon

Directed by Laura Jones

Set near a resort in the Pocono Mountains, Penn., “Proposals” recounts the memories of a maid named Clemma Diggins (Shahada Abdal-Rahman) as she remembers a family reunion over a long Labor Day weekend in the 1950’s. Ken Benda plays the father Burt Hines, who suffers from heart disease, and Stephanie Tschetter plays Josie Hines, his daughter with the many suitors.

Tickets for all plays are $8 for CSU students, $10 for non-CSU students and $14 for adults. They are available at the Johnson Hall Box Office (open Monday-Friday from noon-5 p.m.) and by calling 491-5116 or 491-5562.

All shows start at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at the stage located underneath wing-B of the Clark Building. Refreshments begin being served at 7:30 p.m.

“Shakers” plays tonight, Saturday and July 26 and will be on the Johnson Hall Mainstage Sept. 5-7.

“The Shape of Things” plays Thursday, July 24 and July 27 and then in Johnson Hall Sept. 12-14.

“Proposals” plays Friday, July 23 and July 25 and then in Johnson Hall Sept. 19-21.

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Victims of corporate scandals deserve justice

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Jul 162002
 
Authors: Ben Koerselman

As I write this, a potentially dark day on Wall Street has been averted. After falling almost 440 points early Monday the Dow rallied late in the day for a loss of 45.34, closing at 8,639.19. This drop follows four days of triple-digit losses last week, and depending on what Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said in his testimony before Congress on Tuesday, further losses in the Dow may be forthcoming.

Meanwhile Monday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill to reform the accounting industry and offer stiffer punishments for executives convicted of corporate fraud and abuse. The bill would create an independent accounting board to police the accountants and prohibit accounting firms from also offering consulting advice, as was the case at Arthur Anderson with its client Enron.

The bill also incorporates some of the suggestions made by Pres. Bush in a speech delivered on Wall Street last week, and goes further than a similar House bill passed in April to reform the accounting industry and punish those responsible for the abuses. Bush wants a final bill on his desk for him to sign by next month.

Anyone who has bore witness to the steady decline of the stock market these past few weeks, or heard the stories of employees at Enron and WorldCom who have lost a large part of their retirement savings (some from Enron made a portion of it back by posing for Playboy and a Playgirl issue, along with more corporate-scandal-themed issues of Playboy, are on the way), or seen the endless parade of corporate execs taking the fifth in front of Congress, has to agree that quick and decisive action is necessary to help rebuild investor confidence. Hopefully, these bills will have the desired affect.

For now, it appears that the list of disgraced companies will only continue to grow. Colorado’s own Qwest is currently under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly overstating revenues the past couple of years. Qwest stock is now trading below junk status, so if you want to buy it for cheap now is the time. Even the President and Vice President, both former businessmen, have come under fire of late for supposed misconduct during their tenures at Harken Energy and Halliburton respectively.

In light of all of these scandals, I, like many Americans, have decided to stay out of the stock market for the time being.

My one and only previous investing experience, in a relatively safe mutual fund, came right at the height of the Internet boom of the late 90s. I had watched my brother nearly double his investment in the same mutual fund over the preceding year, but, of course, the second I jumped in the Internet bubble burst and I watched my paltry investment drop rapidly rather than climb.

The one thing the experience taught me (other than that I have notoriously bad luck when it comes to money matters) was that “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” which incidentally is a favorite expression of my dad’s.

What I see as the purpose of the recently debated bills in Congress, is teaching this lesson on a much grander scale to corporate executives and accounting firms. If you choose to move numbers around the balance sheet in an effort to inflate corporate profits, thereby increasing the money you are making on stock options and allowing you to buy that fifth piece of property in Aspen (you know for when the in-laws come to stay), you will pay the price in jail time and increased fines.

I only regret that if convicted these disgraced former corporate officers won’t be spending time with the rest of the petty thieves, frauds, swindlers and burglars in a maximum-security prison. The ex-employees and investors who lost everything betting on the stocks of Enron, WorldCom and others deserve at least that much.

-Ben Koerselman is the editor in chief of the Collegian. He can be reached at bkoersel@aol.com

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Corrections

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Jul 162002
 
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In the July 10 issue of the Collegian, an article mistakenly referred to Dr. Ed Squires as the director of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory. In fact, the director is Dr. Gordan Niswender. In another article we mistakenly referred to the new Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, Kevin Ann Oltjenbruns, as a man. The Collegian regrets these errors.

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CSU department turns 40, dedicates new center

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Jul 162002
 
Authors: David Schneider

The Department of Atmospheric Science at CSU is turning 40 years old and is not showing any signs of slowing down, with many new projects lined up for the future.

“For the past 40 years, the Atmospheric Science Department and its distinguished faculty have made amazing contributions to education and research,” Steven Rutledge, the department head for Atmospheric Science said. “We are building on this tradition of success and creating an even stronger future for the program and its students. This department’s activities will benefit scientists and citizens alike for many years to come.”

On July 9, the Department of Atmospheric Science and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, a center for international cooperation in weather research housed at CSU, dedicated a new 15,000-square-foot research center.

The new facility houses some of the world’s most advanced remote-sensing satellite technology and will office several satellite research projects for studying global weather and climate.

Rutledge also said in a release that future plans for the program include a new federally funded multi-year satellite project, expanded department disciplines and facilities and an increased emphasis on community service and outreach.

Already underway is a project called CloudSat. This is an innovative, NASA funded satellite program that will use radar to measure cloud structures. This will provide the first vertical cloud profiling from space, improving weather forecasts and advancing the understanding of key climatic processes, Rutledge said.

Results from the satellite are expected to improve natural hazard mitigation, enhance water resource management and lead to the development of advanced satellite radar technologies. Launch of CloudSat is planned for 2004.

Also underway and housed in the new facility is the Global Precipitation Mission, an international project led by NASA, with several CSU researchers participating. The project will improve global rainfall analysis through the use of nine satellites, which will study global climate-water cycle interactions, hydrometeorology, weather prediction and the global carbon budget. The project will be made up of one primary satellite and eight smaller satellites, which will provide advanced weather data at intervals of no more than every three hours at any spot on the Earth. Planned launch for the project is 2007.

Other plans for the department include adding physical oceanography to the program. If implemented the department would hire an oceanographer to teach courses and work with the department’s atmospheric modeling groups to couple interactive ocean models with the atmospheric predication models to enhance the study of climate change.

Also, the department is planning to add another atmospheric chemist and a new state-of-the-art atmospheric chemistry lab and teaching facility, Rutledge said.

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