Rams can’t be denied, down Buffs, 19-14

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Aug 312002
 
Authors: Reed Saunders

The CSU Rams outplayed the Colorado Buffaloes for the first three quarters in Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Showdown. They outplayed them for one drive in the fourth. It was all they needed for victory.

Bradlee Van Pelt scored the go-ahead touchdown with 6:20 remaining and the Ram defense stopped the Buffs in the closing seconds as CSU defeated No. 6 Colorado, 19-14.

The Rams improve to 2-0 on the season and have now beaten their in-state rivals three of the last four years.

“Everybody came out and left it all on the field for four quarters,” junior wide-out Chris Pittman said. “I’ve got nothing left right now.”

Pittman wasn’t the only exhausted Ram. Many of the tired were on the Ram defense, which pitched a shutout for three-quarters. The vaunted CU running attack was held to 186 yards and CSU was able to avoid any big plays.

“What you have to do with a running team is force them to pass and I thought we did that well today,” said Drew Wood, a junior linebacker. “When a team like CU is passing the ball as much as they did, you know they’re out of their game.”

The game for the Rams came down to their last offensive drive late in the fourth quarter. With the Rams up 13-0, CU freshman Jeremy Bloom finally put the Buffs on the board on the first play of the fourth quarter with a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. Following a defensive stop, the Buffs drove 81 yards to score again, taking the lead, 14-13.

With momentum clearly on the Buffs side, the Ram offense needed a big drive. CSU responded to the pressure, riding the tough running of Cecil “the Diesel” Sapp and the accuracy of quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt during a game-winning, 84-yard drive. Van Pelt capped the drive with a 23-yard dash into the end zone. The Rams’ junior quarterback finished with 92 rushing yards to go along with 168 through the air.

“Bradlee Van Pelt is getting better every game,” head coach Sonny Lubick said. “He’s always been a threat to run, now with his passing he’s becoming a much more complete quarterback.”

Sapp was punishing all day for the Rams, earning every bit of his 87 gritty yards. One of the most pounding runs for Sapp came on his first of his two touchdowns. From the CU 8-yard line, Sapp appeared to be jammed at the line of scrimmage, but proceeded to bowl over several Buff defenders on his way into the end zone.

“Cecil went right through us,” said CU head coach Gary Barnett. “On the first touchdown I thought we had enough help there and he drove us back. Apparently we didn’t have enough help.”

With CSU leading 19-14, the Buffs offense drove to the Rams’ 12-yard line. Facing a fourth-and-5 with just under 30 seconds remaining, Ochs’ pass to John Donahoe was broken up by CSU safety David Vickers. Van Pelt kneeled down with 21 seconds to play as time expired.

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Volleyball opens season by hosting tourney

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Aug 292002
 
Authors: Lee Miller

The young Rams volleyball team will face an early test this week as they are thrown onto the court against two 20-game winners from last year.

CSU will host the University Park Holiday Inn Classic this weekend at Moby Arena, where it will face No. 22 Kansas State, Western Michigan and Connecticut.

The tournament will begin on Friday night with UConn matching up against Western Michigan at 5 p.m. The Rams and the Wildcats will hit the floor at 7 p.m.

The competition continues on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting well into the night.

The Rams are looking at this tournament as a preview to how the season will go.

“Obviously we look at Kansas State as being a tough game, but we’re definitely not overlooking the other two teams,” said head coach Tom Hilbert.

Kansas State comes to Moby with a lot of similarities to the Rams.

While the Rams return two starters this season, the Wildcats come back with just three. Like the Rams, the Wildcats bring back only one senior.

K-State is also riding on a streak of six consecutive seasons of reaching the NCAA Tournament, one behind CSU. The Nebraska Cornhuskers eliminated both teams from last year’s tournament.

Also, Wildcats junior libero Laura Downey-Wallace is the younger sister of Rams assistant coach Karrie Larsen.

The Wildcats posted a record of 20-8 last season, were fifth in the Big XII and made it to the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament.

They will rely on the leadership of senior outside hitter Jennifer Pollard and junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring to help continue the team’s successful tradition.

The Rams and the Wildcats have met six times, with the Rams leading the series 4-2.

Western Michigan has been picked to finish third in the Western Division of the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos will return four starters from their 2001 team, which finished with a 15-11 overall record. They tied for fourth in the MAC and were knocked off in the first round of the MAC Tournament by Bowling Green.

Junior Carman Malone recorded 349 kills last season and is expected to improve on those numbers this year.

Senior Ashley Ritter was named to the second team All-Mid American Conference last season with 1,040 assists and 2.42 digs per game.

The Rams have only played the Broncos once, in the first round of the 1986 NCAA tournament. Western Michigan won the match in three games.

Connecticut finished the 2001 season with a 21-7 record and finished fourth in the Big East Conference.

The Huskies return four starters and nine letter winners from a year ago and look to extend their streak of seasons with 20 wins or more to six. The Huskies have also competed in the Big East Tournament 20 consecutive times.

Senior outside hitter Melissa Wooley and senior middle blocker Christine Lambert both made the first team All-Big East last season.

Wooley finished the year with 385 kills and looks to push her career total over the 1,000 mark early this season.

This will be the first meeting between the Rams and the Huskies.

While the Rams’ opponents will be challenge enough, the Rams will put five freshmen in front of a Division I volleyball crowd for the first time.

“I’m very excited to get out there and represent for CSU,” said freshman middle blocker Melissa Dennett. “It will be great to have all that support from the fans.”

Hilbert says his team is ready to get into some real competition this weekend.

“We’ve done what we can in practice and it’s time to see how they play against different teams,” Hilbert said. “We have nine women that are ready to get out there and show everyone what they’ve got.”

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Countdown to the Showdown

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Aug 292002
 
Authors: Jason Grasiadei

JAll the hype, all the anticipation and all the trash talking ends

Saturday when the CSU Rams meet in-state rival CU in Colorado’s premier college football match-up.

The Rocky Mountain Showdown at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver pits the 1-0 Rams against last year’s Big 12 champion, a Buffalo team that is ranked sixth in the country.

Kickoff is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. After last season’s humbling 41-14 defeat at the hands of the Buffs, CSU is not only looking for its second win of the year, but also revenge.

“Once you step out there on that field, you can’t do no more talking,” senior running back Cecil Sapp said. “I feel like my teammates are willing to go out there and perform instead of going out there talking all that trash. We’re just going to go out there and play physical football this weekend.”

The start of last year’s Showdown is fresh in the minds of the Rams’ players. On the second offensive play of the game, starting quarterback D.J. Busch tossed an interception that was returned for a touchdown. CSU never recovered from that opening mistake, and acknowledged the importance getting off to a good start this year.

“On the first drive, if we can take it down there and get a field goal or even a touchdown for that matter, I think it’s going to send a message that we’re here to fight, and we’re not going to drive back to Fort Collins with our tails between our legs,” sophomore tight end Joel Dreessen said.

The Rams have the advantage of already having played a game this season, giving them a chance to get the kinks out and address any problems.

However, that game also allowed CU to see what the Rams are capable of and gave them a chance to breakdown game film to find weaknesses.

“There’s always a decided advantage in playing a game before another team plays,” Buff’s head coach Gary Barnett said. “But I also feel we learned a few things by watching that game. We’re aware of their toughness and their character.”

Colorado finished 10-2 in 2001, winning the Big 12 Championship by virtue of a dominating 62-36 win over perennial power Nebraska. The Buffs season ended with disappointing loss to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl, but they proved themselves to be one of the elite teams in the country featuring a powerful running game.

The trio of Chris Brown, Bobby Purify and Cortlen Johnson combined to rush for 2,429 yards last season, 315 of which came against CSU in the 2001 Showdown.

“You’re probably not going to stop CU’s running game, but if you can contain it and force them into a lot of situations where they’ve got to make some good passes to make plays, that just works to our advantage,” junior linebacker Drew Wood said. “We’re focused in on their running game, that’s where we’re going to try to step up and make plays.”

The Rams proved they could counter with offensive firepower of their own after putting up 35 points and over 400 yards of total offense in the season opener at Virginia. Along with Sapp’s career-best performance, quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt also had a big game and proved he can gain yards through the air. The junior saw his first playing time for the Rams in last year’s Showdown after replacing D.J. Busch in the second half. Van Pelt said he’s a little more comfortable going into this year’s game.

“Is this a big game?” Van Pelt jokingly asked reporters after Wednesday’s practice. “I think it’s just another game, we just happen to be playing Colorado. Of course if I was from Colorado, maybe I would have a different outlook on it. Colorado is a great team, but I don’t fear them any more than I feared Virginia. Last year at this time, (having) butterflies was an understatement. I’m just trying to have fun now. It’s not a win or die situation, but yes, you want to win it, and yes, it is another step towards our ultimate goal.”

The game is the fifth of six consecutive games between the two teams played at the neutral site in Denver. The Rams and Buffs have split the games at Mile High, with each team winning two, but CU leads the all-time series 54-17.

After a solid week of preparation for the game, the Rams’ coaches and players feel they have addressed CU’s strengths and are ready for the tough game ahead.

“One of the things that has impressed me about this team so far is that we had a good game against Virginia, but when we identified the things we needed to work on and they really attacked them out here,” co-offensive coordinator John Benton said. “We’re not really sure what they’re doing, we assume they’re doing what they did last year, but it has more to do with what we do and how we prepare than what they’re doing. We have to be able to run the ball consistently. Against Colorado you’re going to have to be able to do that.”

Both teams, however, are ready for what promises to be a game that could set the tone of the season for either squad. With over 70,000 fans expected at the stadium, it will be loud, it will be exciting, but in the end, only one team will claim the state of Colorado as its own.

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CSU Spirit Team, Marching Band lay groundwork for Rocky Mountain Showdown

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Aug 292002
 
Authors: Nicole Davis

The Rocky Mountain Showdown is one of the biggest events of the year for CSU and CU students alike. Diehard fans plan days in advance how to get the best tickets for this annual occurrence, but for the people who are actually a part of the event, planning begins weeks before the Rocky Mountain Showdown takes place.

The CSU Spirit Team, which consists of the golden poms, cheerleaders and mascots, in conjunction with the marching band, began preparation for the game almost two weeks before classes started.

For the 60 students who make up the spirit team those two weeks consisted of three daily practices averaging a total of nine hours of practice a day. Now that classes have begun, a combination of practices and weight training sessions last about two to three hours each day.

Despite all the hard work Maria Verti, the captain and coach for the poms, said that the Rocky Mountain Showdown is one of her best college memories.

“There are so many fans and they are all diehard fans too,” she said. “We’re ready to go and have fun and perform.”

The marching band began practice August 19, working for about 10 hours a day to put together a new routine, which will be ready for the Rocky Mountain Showdown this Saturday.

Freshman band member Kyle Henry said that he expected preparing for the game would be a very involved process.

“There’s a lot to think about all at once,” he said. “Putting a whole show together in two weeks takes a lot of work, but we’re doing great.”

Band Director Steve Moore agreed that things were coming along well, describing the band as “muscular, with an incredible amount of spirit,” and the strongest percussion and brass sections that he has seen since he began working at CSU three years ago.

He said the program this year has taken an extra amount of coordination because of a new joint performance with CU that is planned for the pre-game entertainment. The theme for the combined performance is “Salute to America,” and the bands and spirit teams from CSU and CU will intermix to perform the National and World Anthems.

“We’re going to show that there are some things all Coloradans can agree on and that is hope for peace, national harmony and patriotism,” he said. “Then all hell will break lose at the game.”

Chrissy Dusenbery, a member of the coed cheerleading squad who will be returning this year for her third Rocky Mountain Showdown, said that she is excited to see how everything comes together for the game.

“We have a lot of new members on the squad but we also have a lot of talent and potential,” she said. “I think we have a really good football team this year and I have a lot of faith in them.”

The first performance in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Showdown is the CSU Denver Center Pep Rally, which takes place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. Both the spirit team and the marching band will be represented.

On the day of the game both organizations will travel to Denver at approximately 5:30 a.m.

Brenda Bockelman, the Colorado state spirit coordinator, said that many people don’t realize how much time the students who are members of the spirit team put in.

“This is a group that practices from mid-August through the end of May,” she said. “That is more than any other team. But they are really excited.”

Moore believes, however, that all the time that the spirit team and marching band have spent will only lay the groundwork for a great game.

“We want to be the center of spirit,” he said. “We’re trying to create a home field advantage that is unbelievable and that will take not only the band, and the cheerleaders, but also the students.”

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The man behind the curtain: Head Coach Sonny Lubick

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Aug 292002
 
Authors: Reed Saunders

Walking into the CSU football office, how could I not be intimidated? It’s another world.

The halls are decked with awards and accolades. The trophy cases bleed green and gold. The history and tradition are so humid, they cling to your being.

As I wait to interview Sonny Lubick, other coaches discuss the day’s press clippings.

“Did you see that article on Sonny?” defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders asks defensive coordinator Larry Kerr, referring to a column from a Boulder writer. “Apparently it’s pretty brutal.”

Gulp.

I’ve prepared for what I’m told will be 10 minutes with the man, the myth, the legend that is CSU’s head Ram. Outside, I’m 6-5, 220. Inside, I’m Mini-me.

But when I’m finally called back behind the curtain to meet the great and powerful Oz, something unusual happens. I’m in ANOTHER world. Funny thing is, it’s one more to my liking.

“Sorry I kept you waiting, I’m just having a little lunch,” says Lubick, holding a cracker smeared with peanut butter. “You ever have peanut butter and jelly? I’ve got a peanut butter cracker. Gets me through the morning.”

As a reporter, I’m used to asking the first question of an interview. Here’s to reversing the trend.

Ten minutes turn into 25. Interview becomes conversation. If this week – perhaps the most hectic of the football season – was World War III, Lubick’s office, at least for this morning, was the demilitarized zone.

Leaving the office, I’m left with two possible conclusions:

1. Sonny is a super cyborg robot, programmed in the ways of personal relationships and dynamic football strategy.

or…

2. He’s just that good.

Most would argue the latter.

“Just the way he treats people is pretty amazing,” said Matt Lubick, Sonny’s oldest son and the Rams’ wide receivers coach. “He has no ego. He treats the president of the university the same way he treats the janitor.”

When you think of Sonny Lubick, you’re most likely reminded of CSU’s wins (45 since ’97, 10th nationally), bowl appearances (six since ’94, more than any other Mountain West school in that span), and the resurrection of a once anemic program.

And while his football accolades have landed him in the spotlight, most anyone who knows Lubick remembers him for other reasons.

“He’s always asking how you’re doing and how your family is,” said Joey Cuppari, the Rams’ senior wide receiver. “You think of ‘Sonny Lubick’ as this big coach, but it’s nice to see a guy that actually cares so much about his players. You know he’ll go out on a limb for you.”

Maybe that’s why so many players have gone out on a limb for Lubick.

“He has an amazing ability to influence people,” said Rhett Nelson, a senior defensive back. “He can get people to do what it takes to get the job done. I think it’s his people skills that set him apart.”

Lubick doesn’t find himself or his approach that unique.

“I’m really no different from anybody else. You probably got better grades than I did in school,” Lubick says to me. “I was lucky enough to choose a profession I liked, though sometimes I think I would have been just as happy doing construction work and getting to go home at 5 o’clock every day.”

Going home at 5 o’clock would be close to an early retirement for Lubick. But at 65 and in the early stages of his 14th year at the helm of a college football team, Lubick is as excited as ever.

“Even at my age, I can hardly wait to get out of bed and get to work,” said Lubick, entering his 10th season at CSU. “It’s not a job, it’s a passion.”

Lubick’s passions exceed the world of football. First and foremost is his family. He looks back in disappointment having not attended one of his son Mark’s college football games due to a busy schedule.

“Matt also played in college and when I had one weekend off at (the University of) Miami, I bought a plane ticket out to Montana to see him play,” Lubick said. “I flew out there for a few hours, froze my tail off and then flew back. It gets busy during the season, but that was important to me.”

Also important to Lubick are nights out with his wife, Carol Jo, and an occasional lazy evening at home. With so little time in his schedule, Lubick makes a point to enjoy the little things.

“My idea of a good time during the season is one evening by yourself,” Lubick said. “You have to stop and smell the roses. It’s easy to go through life without doing that and before you know it, it’s too late.”

Asked when he was happiest, a sideline celebration or conference championship is nowhere to be found.

“When I’m happiest is when I’m in the back yard, maybe cutting the grass,” Lubick said. “I can never get the mower to work though, so I usually never finish.”

Even if the grass remains long at times, Lubick will still have a legacy when he decides to hang it up.

In the annals of sport, Lubick’s legacy will be measured by wins, conference championships and bowl game victories. In his own mind, Lubick has a different picture.

“I thought once I won a national championship (as defensive coordinator) at Miami, I’d be set, but those things get forgotten,” Lubick said. “Wins and losses are gone in a week. Fame is very fleeting.

“What makes me feel better than wins or losses are when players come back after graduating and tell me, ‘Thank you,'” Lubick continued. “If the players and coaches leave their time here feeling good, then I did a good job.”

Lubick realizes his accomplishments are ordinary compared to others who get less publicity. He talks about the annual CSU Honors Luncheon and the people who were recognized.

“One of my more humbling experiences is seeing the teachers and doctors who get recognized at that luncheon for great accomplishments – working towards curing cancer and other things,” Lubick said. “Those people are doing amazing things and that’s the only real recognition they get. We get all sorts of newspaper articles, for what? Winning football games. It really puts your priorities straight.”

Lubick sums up his priorities by quoting Henry David Thoreau, who said, “I am a wealthy man. My needs are few.”

“I’m lucky in so many ways,” Lubick said. “I’m about as pleased as a man my age can be. Whether it’s football or going out with my wife to dinner and having a beer, I’m satisfied.”

Thanks to Sonny, so are many.

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Positive thoughts bring positive results

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Aug 292002
 
Authors: Jon Ackerman

It’s called optimism.

It’s easy to say and it’s said every year with just about every football team. People like to think nice thoughts.

But honestly, CSU will be better than the football team it was last year.

Considering CSU didn’t have more wins than losses last year until it won its regular season finale (the 11th game of the year against New Mexico), the football team and its 1-0 record are already showing signs of betterment.

But this year, more questions are answered, more things are certain as we head into the Rocky Mountain Showdown, which is also coined the Rocky Mountain Rumble, but could appropriately be called the Rocky Mountain Collegian’s Easiest Chance To Get Inside A Major Sporting Venue.

So, here’s my proof. My top four reasons why the Rams of this year are better than the Rams of last year:

1. Bradlee Van Pelt cut his hair. Not only does this give his shoulder more range by not interrupting his throwing motion, people might actually focus on the quarterback’s talent rather than his hairstyle. And I bet the ladies favor the new do, as if he needed more help in that area.

But instead of “fearing the mu11et,” teams this year will actually fear Van Pelt’s arm. His game against Virginia was better than any college game he’s ever played before, and it was only the first game, and he’s only a junior. He worked on his passing game all summer. It showed.

BVP has all the support in Fort Collins this year as the season begins, as opposed to last year when he had all the backing he could want from fans, but little from the guys who decide his playing time. He knows it’s his job and he’s playing like so.

2. Cecil “The Diesel” is back with his golden grille. Let’s hope he shines up those gold teeth of his because he can plan on showing them off plenty, starting with tomorrow and the dirty hippies. If the Virginia game was any indication, and it was, Sapp is feeling no ill effects of the bad heel that kept him out all last year.

He’s looking very similar to Sapp 2000, when he led the Mountain West in rushing. As long as the offensive line keeps making holes, and they will behind the Pears brothers, Sapp will find them. The option should be a very interesting option for the CSU offense with Van Pelt and Sapp back there.

3. Drew Wood said they’ll beat CU. This isn’t a guarantee, don’t go hounding the guy if CSU happens to lose. Besides, the linebacker is 6-foot-2, 230 pounds and can bench your mom’s side of the family.

But when Wood told me he honestly thinks the Rams will beat the Buffs, I honestly believed him. It exemplified the confidence that Wood, his fellow linebackers and this team breeds. They’re not afraid of CU, or any other team for that matter, which brings me to my last point …

4. They’re not scared. Can you imagine last year’s Rams playing this year’s schedule? They lost to San Diego State in the Homecoming game last year. If CSU loses this year’s Homecoming game, Oct. 12 against Wyoming, I retract everything good I’ve said to this point.

But if you would have said UCLA and Virginia were on the schedule last year, I might have transferred. This year, with a nice amount of key members from last year’s team returning, they can hang.

Call it optimism; call it wishful thinking. But don’t call me when it comes true.

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Cross country meets to show coaches where athletes stand

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Aug 292002
 
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

The Running Rams of CSU’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams have put in the effort and the miles. Now it’s time to see where the teams stand.

Saturday morning, while many students are preparing for the Rocky Mountain Showdown, both the men’s and women’s teams, as well as their coaches, will gather in the open space area on South Overland to run an intra-squad meet.

“We want to see how close we are from the first runner to the 15th,” said head coach Del Hessel. “We hope to see the top 13 men finish within 30 seconds of each other. That’s what you hope for in a sport like this.”

With the men’s team running with more depth and talent than seasons past, Hessel said he likes what he’s seen thus far from the team.

“Several things make me think this will be an outstanding year,” he said. “We have talent, depth, but most of all an ability to train hard without over-training; handle a heavy load without stress.”

Though there are only seven varsity spots on the team to fill, Hessel said the 13 athletes competing for those spots have done nothing to hinder their teammates.

“The competition is keen,” he said. “I like the team’s approach in that everyone is complementing everyone else. They are all trying to help each other progress.”

It’s that progression that could lead the men’s team to its goal of a Mountain West Conference title.

“I think we have an excellent opportunity to win conference,” Hessel said. “But it is a very tough conference. BYU would be tough to dethrone and we can’t overlook teams like New Mexico or Air Force.”

Hessel added that with the season just getting underway the main goal is for the team to stay together and near the front during competition.

“If we can do that up to the last mile, we’ll have a great shot at winning,” he said.

To help themselves stay healthy many of the athletes on the men’s side said they have been doing what they can.

“Last year I started off good, but burned out,” said freshman Paul Michel, who made an impression last year in his first season. “I’m smarter this time around, making sure I eat right, sleep right and train hard.”

As for the women’s side, Hessel said he is excited to see how the meet this weekend plays out.

“We have such a wide diversity of talent that I’m not sure how it will play out, until I see them run together,” he said.

Hessel singled out the team’s top five – junior Katie Yemm, seniors Kim Leal, Jen Kintzley and Marget Larson, and sophomore Colleen Blair – as a solid group of “proven athletes.”

According to Hessel, the interesting side of the team is where the drop-off from fifth runner to sixth runner begins.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what we have from fifth to 10th place,” he said. “I really cannot say how this team will evolve this season.”

Saturday’s meet should help Hessel clarify those doubts.

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System a plus or minus?

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Aug 292002
 
Authors: Vince Blaser

For those freshmen who are not yet aware of the “unique” grading system we have here at CSU, let me fill you in.

Almost all of you are probably used to getting a 4.0 grade point average for an A average, a 3.0 for a B average and so on. Well, because of the “plus-minus” system we have here at CSU, your Grade Point Average could be less, or in the rare case more, than what you expect.

At CSU, any minus you receive in a class is deducted in your GPA. An A minus is not worth 4.0 but a 3.67, a B minus is worth 2.67 and so on down the line to a D minus worth 1.67. The flip side of the coin is that plusses are worth more. Students receive a 3.33 for a B plus, 2.33 for a C plus and a 1.33 for a D plus.

Well here lies the first flaw in the system. While students can receive an A plus for near flawless work in a class, they still only receive a 4.0. However, an A minus is still discounted against. Take a student who receives an A plus for a 98 in one class, gets 3 As for 96 percents and gets an A minus for a 92 percent. What is that student’s GPA? A 3.9.

While GPA is not a factor for graduation it does have a great effect on students. Many departments at CSU have a much higher GPA requirement for their students than the university’s 3.0. The business school requires an overall 3.0 just to be in the school. In addition, GPA is often vitally important for scholarships, grants, internships, jobs and study abroad.

I understand why students brought a possible plus-minus system to the administration in the first place. An 89 in a class is much harder to achieve in many cases than an 80. However, the system is so badly flawed that it hurts students much more than it helps them.

Another flaw I’m talking about is non-conformity in the system. It’s the option of the professor of whether or not to give plusses and minuses. Even further, a professor can decide to give only plusses or only minuses. While I’ve never heard of a professor giving only minuses, the option of the professor is ludicrous. One student can get in classes where no professor uses the system, get all 90s, and get a 4.0. Another student, myself being one, could get straight As and be in many plus-minus classes and get a 3.83 for two A minuses.

Now I know some people are going to say I’m just whining because I got screwed – which I did twice out of a 4.0 by the way – but this is about the flaws in the system. I also believe someone who gets 4 Cs and a C minus deserves to stay in this school, especially in departments like engineering where I’ve heard the average grade is a C minus.

I don’t think the plusses and minuses should be used in calculating GPAs at all. We already have five different classifications of how a student performs in a class; I don’t think we need 12. However, if the student body decides they want a plus-minus system, that’s our choice. But I urge you to let ASCSU and the administration know how you feel about the system.

And for those freshmen who haven’t received any grades yet, watch out for the dreaded minus.

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Public school uniforms a bad idea

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Aug 292002
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Schools in Colo. are under pressure to improve the scores students get on their Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP, test scores in order to receive, or lose, state funding.

Under pressure, as most college students know, you don’t always come up with the best solutions for problem solving.

Some administrators for Denver Public Schools seem to think that what the student is wearing could solve poor scores and help students learn.

As reported in the Denver Post Thursday, two elementary schools have required uniforms and a few others are starting the process by requiring students can only wear certain things.

The reason for this: they hope to follow a recent trend where many schools in Colorado, and across the country, report having better attendance and improved school spirit, which they attribute to the mandatory uniforms.

Sounds great, but is that true?

There is no study proving the turnaround is due to the uniform standard and, we think, there were probably other changes in how the school operates that had more impact.

Students, especially on the elementary level, are more likely to show improvement if schools work harder on improving things in the classroom.

Better teachers and better policies will improve scores, not preventing young children from wearing their favorite shirt.

We understand that things are tough for schools in Colo. right now and it is important for schools to gain control, but controlling how the students dress is not going to help.

Plus, we feel making uniforms mandatory in a public school is a bad idea because it stifles individuality, which is very important in helping children grow into solid, contributing members of society.

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Letter to the editor

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Aug 292002
 
Authors:

To the editor:

In reading the article in Thursday’s edition about the street-preaching family on the plaza, I was struck by the views expressed in the column.

In our tremendously politically correct society, we have come to the point where denigration of any religion is not publicly tolerated, except it seems for Christianity.

Now I am not writing to defend the tactics of these street preachers, for perhaps it was this in-your-face style that drew the mocking and scorn of those passing by, but I wonder, if these preachers were of any other religious persuasion would the reaction have been the same? Instead, would some members of the crowd have defended their right to express their views in the name of religious freedom and freedom of expression?

It is these same rights that are bandied about whenever other religious groups receive press, but nowhere in this article was that ever mentioned. Isn’t it about time for equal treatment for Christianity? Shouldn’t religious tolerance extend to Christians as well?

Tim Allmann

Graduate Student

Civil Engineering

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