Lubick had his doubts

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Sep 302002
 
Authors: Jason Graziadei

After the Rams football team fell behind early in Saturday’s game in Reno, head coach Sonny Lubick admitted he was unsure if his team would be able to battle back against a Wolf Pack team that was “on a mission.”

“When we went down two touchdowns, I was beginning to have my doubts, in all honesty, for the simple reason that they were moving the ball fairly well,” Lubick said Monday at his weekly media luncheon. “Every time we were going to get the football it was going to be a long field. We had 80 yards to go almost every drive.”

Yet, the Rams responded in the second half, overcoming a 21-7 deficit and denying Nevada another upset of a ranked opponent. Bucking their trend of fast starts and slow finishes, the Rams got better as the game went on, finally outscoring an opponent in the fourth quarter for the first time since the opening game against Virginia.

“We did play a little better in the second half, so I’d like to tell you it was a bunch of great adjustments and we’re all smart and all that,” Lubick said. “We did figure out how to get to the quarterback a little bit and make him throw the ball a little quicker, but we made a few plays.”

Pittman’s playground

The player who made the most plays for the Rams was receiver Chris Pittman. The junior shattered his previous career-bests of five catches and 76 yards by hauling in 10 catches for 151 yards Saturday.

Pittman was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the performance. It was the first time a Ram receiver had caught 10 or more passes in a game since 1991.

Offensive breakout

The Rams’ 531 yards of total offense was their biggest output of the season and the first time since last year’s game against Brigham Young that CSU had more than 500 yards of offense. Running back Cecil Sapp rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth time this season, carrying 26 times for 128 yards. Quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt had the third 100-yard rushing game of his career, gaining 128 yards on 13 carries.

“Offensively we had over 500 yards. That shows the offense was getting some things done,” Lubick said. “It’s hard to tell you exactly how effective we were. It seemed like we got a lot of yards, but there were times when we didn’t get a lot done as far as points on the board and that’s probably the biggest issue that the coaches are concerned about now.”

Quarterback combo

For the second straight game, freshman quarterback Justin Holland got on the field and led a scoring drive for the Rams. Holland finished the game 7-of-12 for 108 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to Pittman that got the Rams on the scoreboard for the first time.

Lubick said he enjoys the comfort he has with two quarterbacks that can get the job done, but maintained Van Pelt is the starter.

“I think all the coaches, I think our whole football team, feel very comforted with whichever quarterback is in there,” Lubick said. “So that’s the good part. It helps to have them both.”

Homecoming start time announced

Mountain West officials announced Monday that the CSU homecoming game with Wyoming Oct. 12 will begin at 1 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN Regional (ESPN +Plus) and can also be seen in Denver on KTVD-TV. CSU Athletic Director Jeffrey Hathaway also announced that all the reserved seats for the game have been sold out.

– Edited by Jon Ackerman and Josh Hardin

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Triathlon falls to Air Force, beats CU

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Sep 302002
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

Most people sleep in on Sunday mornings to recover from Saturday night. Not the triathlon team.

On Sunday, the team met at the Student Recreation Center with Air Force and Colorado for a 500-yard swim, a 10-lap bike race through campus and a two-lap foot race around the athletic fields. There were a total of 116 racers, including 40 Rams.

Although Air Force came out on top, CSU still beat CU. The Rams were led by senior Carmen Small, who was the fastest female racer, finishing in less than 54 minutes. Even though it is only her first year on the team, it is already her second racing victory this fall.

“The bike was the easiest and the swimming was the most challenging because I have never been a swimmer, but it still went well,” Small said.

CSU will be hosting a 5K on Nov. 3 and are always looking for more members. For those interested, information and registration forms can be found at www.active.com.

The club had some exciting news earlier this month when senior Tim Price and graduate student Dan Storey were selected for the Ironman Collegiate National Championship in Wisconsin. Both members placed well in the competition, which featured a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run.

Baseball team takes two from ACC

The CSU club baseball team beat Arapahoe Community College twice, 13-3 and then 5-1, in a doubleheader on Sunday. While the Rams’ bats were on fire, the pitching might have been even better. Sophomore relief pitcher Ryan Lauer had a fantastic appearance in the second game striking out two in the seventh inning and posting a 92 mile-an-hour fastball on the radar gun.

Junior Barry Cleveland was fairly impressed with the team’s performance.

“We did pretty good, but we could have beat them worse,” Cleveland said. “We are hitting well even though we are still adjusting to wooden bats and our pitching was just awesome.”

The team is used to swinging aluminum bats, but is adapting very well to the professional-style wooden bats. The Rams have also played Wyoming, Utah

State and Northern Colorado this fall, finishing off each team with no problems. The team has one more competition at the Burt Chevrolet Tournament on Oct. 5, before heading to Waco, Texas, to play in the Texas Fall Classic hosted by Baylor University.

Lacrosse Team Beats Alumni

The CSU lacrosse team showed the advantages of being younger and faster as it lit up the alumni team Sunday, beating them 19-6. A large crowd gathered to watch the game and created a very friendly atmosphere among current students and graduates.

Coach Flip Naumburg enjoys this game every year not only to have fun but also get a glimpse of the team’s potential.

“We had a lot of fun. Lots of good guys have come through this program and it is good to see them again. They (the alumni) were talking a lot of smack before the game and we really took it to them,” Naumburg said. “At moments, this team looks really good.”

Earlier this fall, the Rams played in and won exhibition games against CU

(7-5), Western State (11-4) and UNC (17-4). They are now looking forward to a home tournament on Oct. 12 against CU, UNC, Ft. Lewis and two other men’s teams.

Hockey team splits two game series at Iowa State

The CSU hockey team lost its first game against Iowa State on Friday night 6-4, but came back on Saturday night to defeat them 6-2. Iowa State finished last year ranked No. 4 in the nation and CSU looked outstanding against them in its first official games of the year.

“To be able to contend with a team that good and absolutely dominate them on Saturday was great,” team president Shawn Kallet said.

The team will host its annual alumni game this Friday at 7:45 p.m. at

Edora Pool Ice Center.

“The alumni game is just for fun and helps reconnect the team with the local alumni,” Kallet said. “It is always fun to see all the guys again and skate with them.”

The team hopes that a lot of people will be able to attend the game.

Tickets cost $3 for students and $5 for non-students. The team will have its first regular-season home game Oct. 11 against Weber State University.

– Edited by Jon Ackerman and Josh Hardin

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Women’s golf finishes 14th at invitational

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Sep 302002
 
Authors: Collegian Staff

Albuquerque, N.M. – The CSU women’s golf team finished in 14th place after shooting a final round of 324 on the final day of the Dick McGuire Invitational.

Senior Mayumi Motoyama led the way for CSU with a total score of 235 to finish in a tie for 39th place. Motoyama shot a 79 in the final round, the best round of the day for the Rams.

The 2002 Mountain West Conference champion, Lynette Duran, shot a total of 238 for the tournament putting her in a tie for 59th. Also competing were Stephanie Linnell, Kylee King and Dawna Virdell. Linnell shot a total of 241 and finished tied for 62nd, King finished with a total of 247 in 83rd place and Virdell posted 249 finishing in a tie for 86th place.

The women’s golf team will be in competition again on October 7-8 at the Heather Farr/CU Memorial Tournament in Broomfield, Colo.

-Edited by Jon Ackerman and Josh Hardin

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Hansson wins Brigham Young Invitational

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Sep 302002
 
Authors: Collegian Staff

Provo, Utah – CSU senior Sanja Hansson won the singles title at the Brigham Young Invitational Saturday after defeating Dominique Reynolds from Brigham Young in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

Earlier in the day, Hansson upset top-seeded Renata Stoop from Boise State by scores of 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 in the semifinal.

Fellow Ram Dasha Zhurin defeated Andrea Hansen 6-4, 7-6 (5) to win the backdraw of the backdraw flight.

CSU will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the Drake Invitational on October 17-19.

-Edited by Jon Ackerman and Josh Hardin

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Softball closes out fall with three wins

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Sep 302002
 
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

The cold weather of winter may be moving in, but the bats of CSU’s women’s softball team are just starting to heat up.

With wins of 12-0, 10-5 and 8-2 this weekend at the Triple Crown Sports Complex in Fort Collins, the Rams showed some of the offensive power they hoped to show throughout the fall exhibition season.

“Everybody hit well,” said head coach Mary Yori, whose team finished the four-game tournament 3-1, with the lone loss coming in a 6-3 defeat to Northern Colorado. “With our offense stepping it up like it did (Sunday), we have something to carry with us into winter workouts.”

Though the offense came alive during the tournament, the Rams’ pitching staff – featuring junior Megan Masser, sophomore Melanie Mahoney and freshmen Genevieve Kelly and JayCee Wood – turned in less than stellar performances, Yori said.

“We know we have to go back to our pitching workouts,” she said. “Our pitchers have not been throwing well and they know that.”

In Saturday’s first game against Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, the Rams jumped out to an early 7-0 lead thanks to sophomore second baseman Steph Roberts, who had a triple and an RBI-single in the inning.

Kelly got the win in the four-inning victory and Roberts finished 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Game two was a different story entirely as Masser gave up four hits and four runs in the bottom of the first to the Bears of UNC.

The Bears padded their lead when junior Kim Kelly hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third to make it 6-1.

CSU attempted to mount a comeback in the top of the sixth, getting three hits and a run before the Bears recorded an out. But the rally went for naught as the Rams could only get two more runs before falling 6-3.

Sunday a different Rams team came to play.

In their first game the Rams jumped out to a quick lead 1-0 on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, only to see the advantage erased in the bottom half of the first.

With the scored knotted at two going in to the fourth, the team’s bats finally came to life as the team scored four runs giving the Rams a 6-2 lead.

The offense – led by sophomore catcher Kerry Farrel and junior first baseman Ricki Walker who went 3-for-4 and 2-for-4, respectively – continued to pull away en route to a 10-5 victory.

“We were more relaxed today,” Farrel said on Sunday. “(Saturday) everyone was tight, today we just came out and did our thing.”

Kelly picked up the win for the Rams, pitching six innings while giving up 10 hits and three earned runs.

The final game of the day pitted the Rams against Regis University of Denver.

Mahoney started the game for the Rams and gave up two runs on a bloop single while pitching three innings.

Masser replaced Mahoney in the fourth with the Rams up 3-2, and held Regis in check while the Rams opened it up scoring five runs in the final three innings to win 8-2.

” This was a good win for us,” Farrel said. “Our pitching wasn’t at its peak and we still won by six runs.”

The Rams shut down until the spring 2003 season, when Colorado’s winter weather should be at full-force.

– Edited by Jon Ackerman and Josh Hardin

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For JFA, truth worth defending

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Sep 302002
 
Authors: Sarah Laribee

The display is huge. Taller than the student center it seems. And when you grow weary of craning your neck, and weary of looking at the images, turning around and watching spectators craning their own necks to see seems just as interesting.

One of the things so markedly notable about this week’s Justice For All billboard display is that silence is just as prevalent around the circumference of the display as is dialogue. There are pockets of discussion here and there as staffers wait behind metal grating for puzzled or confused or vehemently furious onlookers to pose puzzled, confused or vehemently furious questions.

But often, those who spend the most time craning their necks stop and read the display, frequently conversing with no one in particular, walking away in a cloud of silence. Except for those who leave a brief word of thanks. And those who quickly say, “This is disgusting. You all need to get a life.”

This is Tammy Cook’s life. Tammy Cook is the Administrative Director of the Justice For All traveling billboard display, an incredibly graphic anti-abortion display that is this week dominating the Plaza for the second time in six months. The display features full-color story-sized photographs of aborted and dismembered embryos and fetuses, as well as printed questions and facts designed to shock the audience into discourse. Exterior or interior discourse? You pick.

“We want to create debate about an issue that many people think is a resolved issue,” she said, standing outside the exhibit as a small army of staff and volunteers methodically constructed it. “The word ‘abortion’ has lost its meaning to the public. Our exhibit puts a face on it.”

Several faces in fact. The exhibit is full of wrenching and grotesque photographs that seem almost unreal. One photo shows a partially dismembered head being held by a small pair of tweezers. It’s gross.

But so is abortion, said staffers defending themselves. Four thousand babies killed a day is gross too. And yes, abortion is an emotional issue. How can it not be? But saying that it’s an emotional issue does not automatically jettison it violently from the realm of reason. The two do not have to be mutually exclusive.

Cook speaks to emotion. “Abortion is an emotional issue,” she says “and it’s something that people have experienced first hand. We are trying to save them from subjecting themselves to even more harm.”

Tammy Cook joined the organization seven years ago, and travels with it full time as it erects its catalyst at around 12 campuses a year. She is soft-spoken and petite, and doesn’t seem to be of the proper stature for an activist. But she is.

“I felt a deep compassion for women, men and children who were vulnerable to unspeakable harm,” she says, explaining why she took her position. “I really care about people and want to help them. I want to save them from hurt if I can.”

The people craning their necks generally do not feel protected or helped. A lot of them feel comfortable using the word “violated.”

Cook understands that, but urges observers to not go with their gut reaction. “I would ask people to put anger aside and have an open mind. Read the exhibit, talk to the staff. We really do care about them.”

A small, severed hand resting on the face of a dime burns its image into my mind. I grow weary of craning my neck, and grow weary of looking at the images that disappear when issues like this are sanitized into the realm of legislative and political discourse. The Plaza is full of students who slow their steps or quicken them, based on how much they are willing to digest at this point.

Tammy Cook stands stalwart as the students pass. “We’re simply trying to show the truth. Sometimes the truth hurts.” It also happens to be the only thing worth defending.

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Letter to the Editor

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Sep 302002
 
Authors:

Regarding Andrew Stewart’s Letter in the September 26, 2002 Collegian edition.

Dear Andrew, you are frightening. As I read your letter all I can picture is you with a Mugs coffee house growing off of your butt. Why else, lest you have some vested interest in its success, would you have attacked with such vehemence other local coffee shops? You accuse the Collegian of “printing a narrow-scope story,” but could this be any more hypocritical?

You shake your finger at the collegian for both not covering more than three shops, and being so narrow minded when you yourself seem strangely absorbed with a single caf/. Did you mention any of these other local shops in your letter? No not a one. And besides, you call their selection “ridiculous?” Would it have been less so if the newest shop on block had made the cut?

You speak of Mugs’ owner and his tireless work as though all the other owner’s shops just fell into their laps. Finally you said, “for one, there are many coffee shops in this town and I feel it was unfair to pick out three.” What? Should the Collegian have dedicated a ten-page layout to an intricate discussion of every shop in town? And hey, why stop there? The Collegian could dedicate the rest of the school year to covering the coffee industry across America.

Your attacks are unfounded, laughingly insecure, and even insulting with your unbelievable indignation. Next time you have an agenda why not come out and admit it, at least then you don’t hurt your cause.

Sterling R. Quinton

Junior

English/French

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The mullet lives on

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Sep 302002
 
Authors: Dustyn Connelley

Think ’80’s. Think of pinch-folded stone-washed jeans, hammer pants, New Kids on The Block, bright florescent shirts, jams (those really long shorts) with the also very popular florescent “splashed paint” look, high tops, ALF, Bon Jovi and big hair.

Think of cheesy porn stars, Michael Bolton, WWF wrestlers, Patrick Swayze, soccer players and Billy Ray Cyrus, anything come to mind?

They all have boasted that bi-level haircut, short on the sides and top but long in the back, also known as the “ape drape,” “neck warmer,” or my favorite, “business in the front, party in the back.” They are all proud and professional mullet men and they are all members of the mullitia.

Now I know what you’re thinking, there are a lot of bad rural stereotypes when it comes to mullets. Many people will associate them with men who drive old school Camaros, those who drink Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, mechanics, fans at the monster truck rally, the masculine lesbian and those wearing muscle tees and concert tees that are one size too small. Real quick, envision your own mullet man. And honestly if push came to shove, wouldn’t you rather have someone like this on your side rather than a clean cut, Armani wearing pretty boy?

Well ladies and gentlemen, I am here to let you in on a little not-so-well-known secret, mullets are sexy and they’re coming back. Just look at our very own CSU quarterback and the many women (and men) who weren’t quite sure why, but they were deeply upset when Van Pelt cut his mullet off.

We were upset because deep down inside we love mullets. When walking through the grocery store, boating on the lake or buying parts for those Camaros, we are naturally drawn to those who have mullets and we often watch in awe.

Our obsession with mullets has formed a small cult-like gathering in which we are dedicating our time and energy. You can now buy mullet merchandise, attend concerts dedicated to mullet heads and drive cross-country to attend mullet festivals.

The city of Niceville, Florida will be having the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival in late October where mullet lovers can enjoy great music, eat fried mullet and gator, and even sign up for the mullet run.

There is a ton of mullet loving music and Web sites out there.

The Beastie Boys were the first musical group to dedicate one of their songs, with 1994’s “Mullet Head,” which references, among other mulleted phenomena, Joey Buttafuoco.

Web sites such as mulletsgalore.com and ratemymullet.com are some of the best sources to see just what this mullet craze is all about. These sites also clear up the difference between the many different shapes a mullet can possess.

That’s right there are hundreds of different styles when it comes to how you wear your mullet. Some of the most famous include the classic mullet, the Camaro mullet, the midgie mullet, the business mullet, the minitruck mullet, the sweathog mullet, the speeddealer mullet, the loch ness mullet and the pre-pubescent virgin mullet.

I mean really what other haircut can offer such versatility and be suitable for so many different characters?

So for those of you out there who are in denial about your love for mullets, now is the time to come out of the mullet closet, the mullet is back and we love it.

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CSU Hillel events show there is more to Israel than conflict

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Sep 302002
 
Authors: David Schneider

Hillel, the Jewish student group at CSU, is sponsoring three events on campus for students and other residents of Fort Collins focusing on the cultural, societal and political aspects of Israel.

The first event, on Monday, ran throughout the lunch hour and featured members of The Drummer’s Circle, a group from Israel, in the Sutherland Sculpture Garden.

The Drummer’s Circle, founded in Israel in 1997, has performed all over the world for thousands of people, including three presidents, the Dalai Lama and the United Nations High Commission for Religious Peace.

“We want to show that every culture and every race can be together and live together in peace at every level, from kindergarten to the university, all the way to the politicians,” said Menasche, a member of The Drummer’s Circle.

The group brings a unique interactive experience in which spectators become the Circle, beating the transcendent rhythms of Israel and of the world while chanting for peace and unity, said Hedy Berman, director of CSU Hillel.

“I think it’s important to show students that Israel is more than just a political entity. There is a whole rich culture and there are people who are living in the Middle East who advocate for peace,” said Kevin Paryzer, a sophomore English major and chairman of social programming for Hillel. “It’s almost impossible to show all of it in the media.”

Paryzer also said he thought the drummers were well-received by the rest of the students because the presentation was interactive.

At 7 p.m. Thursday in Clark C 144, three Israeli undergraduates will talk about their country and how their lives have been affected by political turmoil and terrorism. Each of the three will speak about their own unique experiences and perspectives on attending college and being in the military.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center, author Mitchell Bard will be speaking on “Myths and Facts: The Arab-Israeli Conflict.” Bard is the Executive Director of the nonprofit American-Israel Cooperative Enterprise and a foreign policy analyst who lectures frequently on the U.S.-Middle East policy. He is also the Webmaster for the Jewish Virtual Library, a comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture. He also is the author of Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Middle East Conflict.

For additional information on current or future events, contact Hillel at 491-2080 or hillel@lamar.colostate.edu. For more information on the Drummer’s Circle, visit the group’s Web site at www.kingdaviddrummers.com.

-Edited by Shandra Jordan and Colleen Buhrer and Becky Waddingham

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2002 Freshman class bigger than last year

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Sep 302002
 
Authors: Linda Lechler

Campus may feel a little more crowded this year with an increase in enrolled freshmen.

CSU has seen an increase of enrolled freshmen from 3,720 in fall of 2001 to 3,829 in fall of 2002, said Larry Belasco, coordinator for research and evaluation at CSU.

The majority of freshmen in 2001 and 2002 came from Colorado. In 2001, there were 2,806 freshmen and in 2002, there was an increase to 2,907.

This increase was not expected by CSU.

“We were expecting the increase to be 1.9 percent for Colorado high school graduates, and we had a 3.6 percent increase,” Belasco said.

The number of freshmen from other states is nowhere near the size of those from Colorado. Texas freshmen are the second biggest contributor to the CSU freshman class. In 2001, there were 111 freshmen from Texas; in 2002 there are 104.

The other top states for contribution to the 2002 freshman population are California, Illinois and New Mexico.

There are 70 California freshmen this year, compared to 78 last year. Sixty-nine Illinois freshmen are at CSU this year, while last year there were 70. From New Mexico, in 2001 and 2002 there are 48 freshmen.

Although on paper, this increase may not seem significant, some students at CSU have noticed a difference.

“When I’m walking around campus and going to my classes, I’ve noticed a lot more traffic than last year,” said Mikeli Bradshaw, a sophomore majoring in pre-technical journalism.

-Edited Colleen Buhrer, Shandra Jordan and Ben Koerselman

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