Rams take conference leading record to Vegas, San Diego

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Oct 312002
 
Authors: Lee Miller

Ram volleyball takes its conference leading 7-1 record on the road this weekend when it adds UNLV and San Diego State to its list of rematches.

The Rams last saw these teams about a month ago at Moby Arena, and snuck away with two wins. The Rams beat the Aztecs in a five game barnburner and followed it up with a sweep of the Rebels the next night.

“They will definitely be out to get us,” outside hitter Becky Sarauer said. “Plus we’ll be playing in their home gyms this time without the support of our fans. We’re going to have to play our best.”

This time UNLV will be first. It is expected to be the easier of the two matches.

In the last match, CSU saw a lot of different looks from the rebels. Ten players saw action for the Rebels at different points in the match. Outside hitter Patricia Assuncao gave the Rams the most trouble, accounting for 10 of the Rebels’ kills and one of their two blocks.

The match was one of the better performances by the Rams this season. Offensively they hit .367 and had 57 kills. Michelle Knox led the team with 13 kills and hit .600 for the night.

Defensively the Rams had 53 digs, with Lindsey Kerr’s 18 at the top. They out-blocked the Rebels 8-2 in the three game sweep.

Not much has changed in the UNLV lineup. They still rely on a lot of different players to get the job done. The Rebels have won three of their last four matches, including a win at BYU last weekend.

The win improved the Rebels’ conference record to 3-6. The Rebels are probably too far out of the race for contention in the conference, which gives them incentive to play spoiler against the conference leading Rams.

San Diego State will be looking for revenge after the Rams came behind from a two game deficit to win in a shocker last month.

This match is also crucial because with a win over UNLV, the Rams will be fighting for their lead in the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs will host Wyoming on Friday night and could potentially be 8-2 in the conference going into their match-up with the Rams.

“This match is really going to test us,” CSU outside hitter Tess Rogers said. “We’re going to have to do a good job of stopping their slide hitting and digging. Defense is going to be huge.”

In the last meeting, the teams traded off momentum with the Aztecs controlling the first two games and the Rams dominating the last three. The Rams out-killed the Aztecs 83-67 and out-dug them 93-84.

The Rams held the Aztecs below a .100 hitting percentage in the third and fourth games to tie the match. The Rams never led by more than three points in the final game, but were able to put away the dejected Aztecs 15-12.

Rogers led all players with a career-high 23 kills and Knox followed up with 20. Setter Melissa Courtney had 69 assists and libero Lindsey Kerr had a career high 26 digs.

Nicole Akporiaye led the Rebels with 14 kills and Aspen McPartland added 12 kills and 28 digs.

The Aztecs also lost middle blocker Zlatina Anguelova in the third game of the match when she went down with a knee injury. Anguelova returned for matches ago and made immediate impact, averaging 5.08 kills per game.

Winning these two matches would put some distance between the Rams and the rest of the conference. A two game conference lead over the Aztecs and Utah (6-3) would put the Rams in the drivers seat going into their last four matches.

Edited By Josh Hardin

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Babcock makes history

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Oct 312002
 
Authors: Jason Graziadei

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It was the unlikeliest of heroes that blew the game open for the Rams Thursday night. It wasn’t the quarterback, nor was it the running back that put CSU’s lead out of reach of the Air Force Falcons.

It was place kicker Jeff Babcock who scooped up a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half and took it to the end zone to put CSU up 28-12. The Rams never looked back.

“I didn’t know what I was doing to tell you the truth, it was kind of just instinct,” Babcock said of the 29-yard fumble recovery. “I was just shell-shocked. I didn’t realize until the next kickoff that I had scored. It’s not something that happens everyday.”

And it’s not everyday that the Rams’ place kicker scores all their points in the second half. Between his touchdown, extra-point and 27-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter, Babcock accounted for all 10 of CSU’s points after halftime.

For Babcock’s teammates, the play not only brought them to their feet, but also brought some comic relief after witnessing something they never expected to see.

“That was unbelievable,” said receiver Joey Cuppari, who also serves as Babcock’s holder on kicks. “I already told all the other guys I didn’t think he was that athletic. He didn’t even change his stride, he just picked it up and went. That was just a great play on his part.”

Babcock said he knew he was going to hear about his athletic form, or lack there of, from his teammates the moment he returned to the sideline.

“A couple guys said I was slow, a couple guys said I broke away and a lot of guys said no one was chasing me, so I don’t know,” Babcock said.

For 41 years prior to Thursday night, no CSU kicker had crossed the goal line for a touchdown. The last man to accomplish the unusual feat was Ron Kaaneke in 1961. The Rams weren’t even playing in Hughes Stadium at that time.

“Fourty-one years? Wow,” Babcock said. “Well, I hope I get to do it a couple more times. I still don’t know what happened, I don’t know if the guy just fumbled or someone made a hit. I probably owe someone a pizza or something for causing the fumble.”

Babcock will have to order that pie for freshman David Foley, who forced Air Force’s Bryan Blew to fumble on the kickoff. The ball bounced several times and appeared to be going out of bounds before Babcock picked it up in stride.

The Rams’ place kicker had made it a habit of sprinting down the field and trying to make a play on his own kickoff, and this time, it paid off.

“I’ve never seen that,” head coach Sonny Lubick said. “I didn’t know who it was at first, I thought it was Benny Mastropaolo and then they told me it was our kicker and he just scooped it up. He happened to in the right place and scored. That was huge for us because that put us up by three scores.”

In the locker room, Cuppari had no trouble summing up his feelings on Babcock’s miraculous play:

“I don’t know what to think – he’s a kicker.”

Edited by Jon Ackerman and Josh Hardin

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Rams run over Falcons, take control of conference race

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Oct 312002
 
Authors: Reed Saunders

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Entering Thursday’s contest, the CSU Rams and Air Force Falcons were two sports cars, speeding neck and neck down the freeway towards the Mountain West Conference championship. By the end of the game, the Falcons had been forced off the highway by a Ram express that found another gear.

In perhaps their best all-around performance of the season, the Rams (8-2, 4-0 MWC) took the driver’s seat in their chase for a second Mountain West Championship in three seasons Thursday, routing the Air Force Falcons (6-3, 3-2 MWC) in somewhat surprising fashion, 31-12.

“I expected it to be like a two-point win or two-point loss, but this is great, we’ll take it however it comes,” said CSU offensive lineman Albert Bimper. “It feels great to be in the driver’s seat.”

Bimper and his linemates were a big reason for CSU’s dominance. The big men up front allowed the Rams to run roughshod – racking up 199 rushing yards on the Falcons’ defense, which had been leading the Mountain West by only allowing 101.5 yards per game.

“That’s just CSU football – we’ll hit you in the mouth,” said running back Cecil Sapp. “We smashed them in the mouth tonight and we held onto the ball. No turnovers was key for us tonight.”

Sapp had another huge outing, rolling over Falcon defenders left and right on his way to 132 yards and two touchdowns, his seventh 100+ yard outing in 10 games.

“Cecil Sapp deserves a lot of credit because he is a tough, tough player,” said AFA head coach Fisher DeBerry. “He showed just how tough he could be tonight because he hung onto the football and we pride ourselves in forcing turnovers.”

AFA’s pride was rocked in the second half when CSU took the game over, thanks to a surprising offensive outburst from an unlikely source. Kicker Jeff Babcock effectively changed the game’s momentum for good when he recovered a fumble on his opening kickoff and ran it in for a touchdown, putting the Rams ahead 28-12.

“I don’t know of a worse way in the world to start a second half,” DeBerry said of Babcock’s touchdown. “We felt we were in good position to win the game coming out of the half but our turnovers ended up killing us.”

The Rams also used a rejuvenated defensive effort to help kill the Falcons in the second half. After scoring 12 points on 159 total yards in the first half, the Falcons hit a green and gold wall after the break. The Rams clamped down on Air Force’s triple-option attack, holding the Falcons to 91 total yards while pitching a shutout for the half.

“Our plan was to run one defense the whole game, and it just took us a little while to put things in place and figure out what we were doing,” said linebacker Drew Wood. “The option can be no fun, but tonight we played it about as well as we could.”

The Falcons used every possible weapon to try and break through the Rams’ defensive stronghold, using 11 different ball carriers. AFA quarterback Chance Harridge, the conference’s leading scorer and third leading rusher entering the night, was the chief offensive weapon, generating 115 yards and one touchdown. Though the Falcons were able to put up 221 yards on the ground, their big plays were few and far between.

“You know they’re going to chip away and get the hard yards, but if you keep them from getting a big play, eventually you’re gonna stop them for a loss,” Wood said.

The win – CSU’s first in Colorado Springs since 1996 — means the Rams control their own destiny in the conference race. It was also CSU’s first win on a Thursday night road game. And while they find themselves two games up on Air Force, they realize the war is far from over.

We want to win out and we’ve got more work ahead,” said Joey Cuppari, CSU wide receiver. “The last two weeks our whole team has played really well and it feels like we’re getting better every week. When you beat teams of the caliber of Air Force and BYU bad, it’s fun times.”

The Rams enter their second bye-week of the season before gearing up for a road battle at San Diego State. Should the Aztecs (3-5, 3-0 MWC) remain undefeated, that game could very well be for the conference championship.

Edited by Jon Ackerman and Josh Hardin

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Not your typical day

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Oct 312002
 
Authors: Jon Ackerman

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Halloween is not your typical day. Two hours and forty-five minutes is not your typical drive to the Springs. And Air Force is not your typical school, or your typical football team.

Thursday night’s CSU-Air Force showdown was not your typical game.

It was the first time I’d gotten into a stadium with no ticket, no pass and no problem. You’d think the Academy would be a little stricter on security.

It was the first time in a press box I was asked to pay for food, had seen someone dressed as an M&M (for Halloween) and seen so many people dressed in fatigues (for real). Sometimes it was hard to tell who was dressed up and who wasn’t.

Thursday was also the first time I’ve heard of a college student talk about his curfew (lights out at the Academy is 11 p.m.). The same student also said taking 20 credits per semester “isn’t that bad.”

As the game – a 31-12 CSU romp – came to an end, I finally saw CSU fans stay ’til the end of the game. If the cadets weren’t soaking up their final hours of free time, Ram fans would have outnumbered Falcon fans in their stadium.

And after the game, I saw the great John Elway on the field for a second CSU game (he was at last year’s Fresno State game). But it was probably the first time No. 7 had gone out of his way to say hi to someone (as Cecil Sapp entered the locker room, Elway caught his attention to congratulate the senior on a big win).

Then there was the actual game itself, which was the first win for CSU on the road on a Thursday night ever. And, the last two times the Rams played here, they wore green pants. Thursday they wore gold pants, as they did in 1996 when they last won here. Who says superstition isn’t real?

The 19-point CSU victory was its first double-digit win over Air Force in 20 years, when it won 21-11 in 1982. It was the first time all year that Air Force hadn’t scored in the second half, and the first time since 1994 the Falcons hadn’t scored on CSU in the second half.

And when CSU kicker Jeff Babcock kicked off to open the second half, slipped on the soggy field, then scooped up a fumble and scored from 29 yards out, it was the first time since Ron Kaaneke in 1961 that a CSU kicker scored a touchdown. After he kicked a 27-yard field goal seconds into the fourth, Babcock was the only one to score a point in the second half.

With the two best running teams in the Mountain West, everyone and their mom knew it was gonna be game of who could hold on to the ball longest. And with Sapp and Falcon quarterback Chance Harridge leading the conference in touchdowns, you knew there would be scoring.

But who would have thought both teams would try to hold on and score at all costs. Seven times did the teams go for it on fourth down; the Rams were two-for-two, the Falcons three-for-five. Only five punts were attempted, all in the fourth quarter, when both teams were ready to give up anything for a spot next to a heater.

Harridge attempted just eight passes all game, and he completed three for a grand total of 29 yards. Those look like Pop Warner passing numbers.

But most importantly, Thursday night’s drubbing marked the first back-to-back, complete, all-around wins for CSU all season.

And that hasn’t been typical of CSU all year.

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Open your eyes to the rest of the world

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Oct 312002
 
Authors: Colleen Buhrer

Bali, Indonesia, nearly 200 people killed as bombs explode in a crowded nightclub, Oct. 12, 2002. Moscow, Russia, more than 700 Russians taken hostage by militant Chechens, 120 deaths to date, Oct. 23, 2002.

Both of these incidents have been compared to the terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11. In Bali, the bombings that killed about 90 Aussies are being referred to by some as Australia’s Sept 11.

When the hostage situation first began in Russia, the media was noted as proposing that this could be Russia’s Sept. 11.

This leads me to ask, is Sept. 11 becoming a trend? I know these are only two examples, but with terrorism continuing to happen on the scale of killing hundreds of civilians at a time, it seems like it is possibly becoming a trend. Two events killing over 300 people combined happening within one month seems like a lot, and that is only two events, there are many more.

Maybe, since the attacks in the United States, when the terrorists succeeded where they hadn’t at this scale before, they have gained a sense of confidence that is reverberating throughout the world. Maybe they are more willing to kill more people at a time and try riskier tactics to get their point across.

Or maybe, we are just now more aware about what is going on in the world around us. Maybe the terrorism throughout the world is being reported to the American people more frequently and maybe the American people are paying more attention.

The attacks on America may have just opened people’s eyes to some of the things going on in the world outside of our borders. Believe it or not, it is a big place out there, with lots of people and a lot going on.

It may also be easier for Americans to understand what is going on in the world, now that they have something to compare it to. Now when something horrible happens somewhere else in the world people can say, remember how Sept. 11 felt to you? Well, that is how we feel now.

Terrorism happens throughout the world on almost a daily basis and has been for centuries. There has always been terrorism and mass killings of people throughout the world. Before, nobody in the United States knew about it, because the American people are often not concerned with what is going on outside the country’s borders.

Before Sept. 11, most people didn’t even know countries like Afghanistan existed, and now I hear people talking about the poor Afghan women and the horrible Taliban.

Before Sept. 11, most people knew the Middle East was violent, had lots of oil and that Saddam Hussein and the Persian Gulf was over there somewhere. Now people may know a little more.

The media is now reporting more frequently about events all over the world. Reporting about terrorism, about floods in Europe, about governments and elections in the Middle East, about people suffering throughout the world. People in America can now become more aware of what is going on in the world around them.

As Americans we still do not know very much about the outside world but this shows that maybe there is a chance that we can learn. We just need to open our eyes to what is going on around us.

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Owens not an ‘Education Governor’

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Oct 312002
 
Authors: Rod Rodriguez

It’s election time again. We have all seen the advertisements on TV, in our mailboxes, on the phone and on our public streets. We know about truth in advertising, to look beyond the claims and at the real issues, but there is one advertisement that bothers me.

Our own Governor Bill Owens has publicly called himself the “Education Governor.” I don’t buy that.

I am sure he has done some good things for this state but I do not believe his educational policies are examples of his best work.

Last year at the Colorado Education Association’s (CEA) annual conference in Breckenridge, Owens received headlines when he was booed by nearly 900 of Colorado’s principals and superintendents. The CEA and its 35,000 members recently gave Owens an “F” for his educational policies. Colorado’s teachers, principals and superintendents don’t support the education governor. That doesn’t seem to make a strong case for him.

He recently announced more than $20 million in budget cuts including cuts to youth crime and prevention programs, youth rehabilitation programs, libraries, and teacher development programs and funds.

Colorado still has school buildings that date back to World War II with coal furnaces and other schools on year-round schedules with no air-conditioning. In some schools teachers have to carry disabled students up and down stairs because their schools are not handicap accessible. These structures may still be functional but how do they compare to schools located in Cherry Creek and Douglas County?

According to the Bell Policy Center, Colorado’s kindergarten teachers believe that one-third of their students are unprepared to learn when they enter school.

With the introduction of CSAP, only 8 percent of our schools can be labeled “Excellent” and 2 percent of our schools must be labeled “unsatisfactory” no matter how well they do on tests. Schools that perform poorly on the CSAP lose money that would buy them books, make improvement to schools and add technology to classrooms. Eventually the school is taken out of the public’s hands and turned over to private ownership.

Local control of our schools is diminishing.

Funding for higher education is being cut as well. Just a few weeks ago, President Yates stood in front of the Administration Building and announced that millions of dollars, dollars that keep our education top-notch, are being taken away from CSU.

When Owens took leadership four years ago, Colorado’s schools were ranked near the bottom. In the last four years, the education governor has managed to help our public schools drop even further in national rankings.

The most disturbing factor to me is that, even in the wake of Columbine and school shootings all across America, it is still legal to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.

I would like to thank Colorado’s teachers and school administrators for their hard work and effort in teaching our youth. We owe them all of our respect and gratitude. Children are our future and you are helping to shape that, despite the efforts of our “Education Governor.”

Marilyn, where are you?

Voters are probably aware of the run-off between Democrat Stan Matsunaka and Republican Marilyn Musgrave for the U.S. House 4th District of Colorado.

I have met Stan three times, none of those coming in any sponsored event. He was at the Fort Collins 4th of July celebration at City Park, he has been on campus talking with students and student organizations, he has been walking the streets of Fort Collins. He has been out and about meeting the people he would be representing in congress and finding out what issues are close to them. He has been in touch with the 4th district.

Marilyn, where are you? I have not seen you on campus. You backed out of the only public debate scheduled in Fort Collins, the largest city in your precinct. You have been everything but accessible and you want to represent me in congress?

Show me, tell me why I should vote for you. Don’t bombard me with ads. Until then, I am proud to support Stan in the 2002 election.

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Colorado Child Care Assistance Progam, students need funds

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Oct 312002
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

The economy is bad across the board, but the cuts to the Colorado Child Care Assistance program are targeted at the people attempting to rise above the need for welfare.

When CCCAP had to reduce their overall budget, as many organizations and departments across the United States have had to do with the current economical situation, they chose to take a three-part action. They lowered the eligibility for assistance to 140 percent above the poverty line. They reduced the number of paid sick days day care providers can take from five to three. And they cut student assistance from the program entirely.

Of course, nobody at CCCAP wanted to make any of these reductions. We understand that. To survive in today’s economy, we’re all making sacrifices. The problem with cutting students is they will force many people to drop out of school to care for their kids without day care or to take on another job to pay for the day care. It’s a no win situation for the students.

If students drop out of school, the chances of them rising above the point where they need assistance is significantly reduced. By providing them with the opportunity to complete their degree, CCCAP can be funding people who hopefully will no longer need their assistance past graduation. Obviously, people who aren’t in school but are receiving assistance may not need help forever, but the chance is lower than for students.

We acknowledge that budget cuts and sacrifices need to be made, but cutting students, who have the most hope of getting away from the need for welfare, is not the right solution.

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Republicans storm out of Wellstone ceremony

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Oct 312002
 
Authors: Becky Waddingham

Media saturation on a particular topic can grow really old really fast, I know. But I still have to join the crowd this week and talk about a great loss for Democrats, for the Senate, for Minnesotans, and for Americans.

I was lucky enough to work at the United States Capitol for the last two summers. I only met Paul Wellstone a couple of times. I would say “Hello, Senator” in the hallway as I waited for other, more media-hungry and more powerful types like John Kerry, Joe Biden or John McCain to emerge from the Senate floor. I would hang out by the elevators with the other reporters and nod at lawmakers like Wellstone as they walked by.

I often confused him with Paul Sarbanes of Maryland, for no real good reason. I would catch myself checking my CQ Congressional Directory for his face, but I’d be confused because I had an old one and he still had a goatee in my picture.

I knew Wellstone was one of the most liberal members of Congress, a veritable poster boy for the underdog, left-wing Americans out there. The bright green colors of his campaign posters stood out on a colleague’s desk alongside a green and white sticker that read “Don’t Mess With Vermont.”

It’s strange for me to come to grips with his death. I don’t know why; it’s not like I knew him personally. I can’t begin to imagine how his loved ones must feel.

But I figured out that he is only the fourth person I’ve ever met who has died. It’s an odd sensation, knowing that this person, who was alive and exuberant when you last saw him, albeit a while ago, is now no longer there at all.

I keep picturing Wellstone as I last saw him – nonchalantly standing in the hallway in front of a gaggle of reporters, his eyes widening at the sight of the muttering, fidgety crowd. It was during committee hearings on the corporate accountability bill so the hallway was extra crowded that day.

Wellstone considered us for a moment and pushed the elevator button, to head back downstairs to the Senate subway. The elevator came and away he went, off to a committee event or to meet his constituents.

“He had a heart as big as Minnesota,” mourned one Capitol police officer.

The Senate floor will be quieter without him.

It wasn’t quiet at the senator’s memorial Tuesday night, though – 20,000 packed the University of Minnesota basketball arena to remember the late senator, his family and his staff. Dignitaries ranging from Bill and Hill Clinton to Jesse Jackson to Tom Daschle made appearances.

Others, like Tom Harkin, made speeches. The Republicans were mad about that. Trent Lott stormed out. Jesse Ventura was so upset, he vowed to appoint an Independent instead of a Democrat to fulfill the remainder of Wellstone’s term. Dick Cheney wasn’t even invited.

Somebody call a WAAAAAAMBULANCE. Get over it, Republicans. Of course it was going to turn into an impromptu Democratic rally. Thousands of mourners and well-wishers were not about to ignore their beloved Golden Gopher, Fritz Mondale. They would never pretend to be bipartisan just for one night. Wellstone was divisive. He was a screaming liberal. Why should his followers pretend not to be, just to placate the likes of Trent Lott?

“After all, this is a man who has gassed his own people”

President Bush was referring to Saddam Hussein when he said that in Denver on Monday. But my friend turned to me and said, “Who, Putin?”

The Russian president has come under fire for allowing the use of an apparently deadly gas to extract hundreds of hostages from a theater held by Chechen rebels last week.

It was fentanyl, an opiate used medically as an anesthetic. Russian Health Minister Yuri Shevchenko said that fentanyl gas “cannot in itself be called lethal” and that the hostages who were killed by the gas were already weakened by hunger and dehydration, Slate magazine reported.

But the point is that Russia gassed its own people. Hundreds died. Hundreds more are still hospitalized.

Yet another blurring of the line between what our friends can do and what our enemies can’t.

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Early voting ends today

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Oct 312002
 
Authors: Melissa Pester

With Nov. 5 approaching rapidly and voter registration deadlines complete the next step of the election lies in the hands of Colorado’s voters.

Early voting ends today at 7 p.m. Coloradans have the opportunity to vote early in their precinct in areas designated by individual county clerk offices.

“I already sent in my absentee ballot,” said Jillian Lush a junior social work major, who sent her absentee ballot to Alaska. “I was disappointed that most of the candidates at home didn’t have Web site, so I had to vote based on party-which sucked.”

Polling places will open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. A voter can find out where they can vote either in their voter registration packet or by calling their local county clerk or the Denver Election Committee.

“I have my parents tell me where to vote,” said Aaron Pinsker, a junior space engineering major.

Finding the proper polling place can be difficult for college students-especially those registered in the districts their parents live in. To register in a new precinct the voter has to be a resident there for at least 30 days.

Absentee ballots have been a way for people to get their vote in without having to enter their neighborhood’s polling place. Any registered voter can apply for an absentee ballot-and they could have been received as early as Jan. 1.

“I don’t believe in absentee voting because they usually don’t count it unless the race is really close,” Pinsker said. “I don’t trust it anymore, especially after the whole Gore/Bush fiasco.”

While many take advantage of the absentee ballot, there are still those who choose not to vote because home is just too far away.

“I think voting is a vital component of being a citizen,” said Tom Baxendale, a sophomore biology and English major, choosing to vote absentee this year. “And every U.S. citizen should make informed votes whenever possible.”

Edited by Vince Blaser and Josh Hardin

Early voting locations in Larimer County:

Larimer County Courthouse, Old Jury Room

200 W. Oak St.

Loveland Police and Courts Building

Conference Room

810 E. 10th St. in Loveland

For more information about voting, call the Larimer County Clerk at 498-7820 or visit www.co.larimer.co.us/elections

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Number of homeless rabbits multiplying

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Oct 312002
 
Authors: Christin Nirsch

Rabbits are abounding at the Colorado House Rabbit Society, and they are looking for a home.

“Right now, we are just buried in rabbits,” said Christine Haas, director of the Northern Colorado House Rabbit Society. There is an abundance of rabbits at the Larimer Humane Society as well as the HRS.

Since LHS is a no-kill shelter, rabbits stay until they are adopted. When there is not enough room for any more rabbits at the shelter, some of them are given to volunteers from HRS, who can provide a foster home for them.

“It is uncommon for us to have so many rabbits at this time. Usually, we receive the most rabbits after Easter,” said Jeneen Houghton, a volunteer at the HRS. Other causes of homeless rabbits are when the owner of a rabbit moves and leaves it behind or there is an unexpected litter of babies, Houghton said.

Since the LHS and the HRS have reached their capacity for rabbits, they are hoping a lot of rabbits will be adopted soon. According to Haas, many college students have adopted rabbits in the past.

“Rabbits are good pets for college students because they are entertaining and don’t really make a mess,” said Jessa Gzym, a sophomore majoring in graphic design.

Although rabbits can be kept indoors and are easily trained, not everyone is a good candidate for owning rabbits.

“Someone who wants to adopt a rabbit should be patient, have a good sense of humor and be willing to make a 10-12 year commitment to their pet,” Houghton said. She emphasized the importance of being committed above everything else.

At LHS, single rabbits can be adopted for $30, while it costs $50 to buy a pair. These prices include the cost of a spay/neuter, a travel box and adoption counseling.

It is more costly to buy two rabbits, but it is strongly recommended by LHS because rabbits form pair bonds naturally.

“With two rabbits, you get twice the love with the same amount of work,” Houghton said. When rabbits are paired, they are less likely to become bored and usually have a longer lifespan, she said.

People who adopt rabbits often have questions regarding their new pets. Volunteers from HRS can answer most of the questions a rabbit-owner might have.

The HRS, which is closely connected with the LHS, is a national, non-profit organization that gives people advice about rabbits. In addition to advising people, volunteers also educate the public about rabbits and promote the adoption of them.

For those who do not want to adopt rabbits, there are other ways to help them, such as providing a temporary foster home for them or socializing with the rabbits at the LHS.

“(Shelters) will always be combating pet stores, but there have been huge improvements over the past years. I feel optimistic about our progress,” Haas said.

Edited by Vince Blaser and Josh Hardin

For more information about the Larimer Humane Society, visit their Web site at www.larimerhumane or call 226-3647. For advice about rabbits, e-mail Houghton at brat1477@yahoo.com or call her at 226-1269.

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