Ram swimmers and divers look to beat San Diego State

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Nov 202002
Authors: Joelle Milholm

When San Diego State comes to Moby Pool on Friday night, the CSU swimmers and divers will look to prove what the football team did last weekend: the Ram is mightier than the Aztec.

With a victory, the Rams could improve their conference record to 3-1. Currently, San Diego State is 1-4 in the Mountain West Conference with its only win coming against the Air Force Academy.

CU head coach John Mattos believes the team is ready and better than ever.

“Practices have gone really well this week. Everyone is healthy and in good spirits,” Mattos said. “Our performance against UNLV was great and just reconfirmed that we have one hell of a team.”

After facing an extremely challenging team like UNLV, CSU highly anticipates relaxing a little more and mixing things up against the Aztecs, who at presently hold the sixth spot in the conference. CSU is in third place behind UNLV and Utah.

According to Mattos, the meet is a great opportunity to move some swimmers to different events and see if they are successful. However, some of the 16 events contested will still feature swimmers and their normal strokes and distances.

“San Diego State is going to have a tough time against us,” Mattos said. “They have some good distance swimmers, which is something we have to work on, but they don’t match up in other events.”

The divers should also be able to perform well. San Diego’s most successful diver this season has been freshman Lindsey Minnich with a 155.85 in the one-meter and a 184.3 in the three-meter – both top team scores.

Those numbers do not come close to the season high marks of the two-time Mountain West Conference Diver of the Week, CSU junior Lori Vigil, who has posted a 285.05 in the one-meter and a 324.1 in the three-meter.

CSU last faced San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference

Championships last spring, when the Rams took third place while the Aztecs took seventh.

After the Rams Friday night, San Diego State will have its hands full by having to head up to Laramie for a meet with Wyoming on Saturday.

The Rams and Aztecs hit the water at 5 p.m. on Friday at Moby Pool.

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Keep CCCAP available

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Nov 202002
Authors: Rachel Hassell

To the Editor:

Ahh, the college life…it’s worry-free, for most. The traditional student has gone straight into college from high school with mom and dad paying for tuition and living expenses, giving the student the freedom to concentrate on course work, and giving the student security that they will indeed have the opportunity to complete their degree program.

As a 34 year old single mother of two completing my first semester in college, it’s often frustrating to see how some traditional students take this freedom for granted, as I am paying for my education and living expenses all on my own. This is not a bitter message, as I have paved my own road and take full responsibility for that. Thank goodness I have found the right bend in the road, albeit much later than socially expected.

I am asking for understanding and involvement. As have 114 other student parents in Larimer County, I have lost my Colorado Child Care Assistance Program benefits. CCCAP made quitting my life as I knew it in Denver and moving to Fort Collins to attend CSU full-time a possibility. The CCCAP cutbacks have made this move and this first semester a moot point for me, as attending CSU without this assistance is impossible.

As CCCAP is largely state funded, I respectfully urge ALL students, professors and faculty to call the Governor’s office (303-866-2471) to demand reconsideration of these cutbacks. All student parents ask for is the same opportunity given students whose parents are paying for their education. Rather than living on welfare the rest of our lives, help give us the opportunity to excel, to be the best we can be, and to be able to more effectively give back to the community upon graduation and subsequent employment.

My sincere thanks to Adrienne Hoenig for covering the “hotly debated” issue of Colorado Child Care Assistance Program cutbacks, and more specifically attending the public meeting of the 2003 Larimer County Budget.

Rachel Hassell

Economics Major

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What is an American?

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Nov 202002
Authors: Brian Szmyd

After reading Ken Hammer’s article on Wednesday “Proud to be an American”, I am left in confusion. The article seems to try and make the point that other people do not like we “United States citizens” using the term “American” in reference to ourselves. Ken later tries to solves this “dilemma” with the calling himself a “Statesican”. I wonder if this article was written Tuesday night to meet some computer science department-like submission deadline at midnight?

The term “American” is not only given to us by ourselves but most every country in the world just as the term “German” is given. There is no such place as “Germany” in German speaking countries, so I ask, should we go back and re-name every country in the world in our Encyclopedias? United States itself is ambiguous as there are many countries that are a unity of many states, so the Statesican is not going to work either. Perhaps Ken would allow us to each give a longitude and latitude to identify our places of origin?

“And sir, what country are you visiting us from?” “Oh, I’m from 45.938 north, 38.299 east.”

I mean com’on. Let’s not pick around every little thing people. This just seems to me another liberal article written by someone who spends their life trying to find things they can complain about, as I recall back to one of Ken’s early articles bad-mouthing Windows XP.

In closing, I am proud to be an American. Jose, go ahead and call yourself whatever you like. Call yourself an Earthling if you like, but I feel sorry for you if it’s not enough to identify yourself as a Puerto Rican.

Brian Szmyd

Junior, Computer Science

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Legalize it! (within reason)

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Nov 202002
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Marijuana known by any other name would be just as illegal. Why is that? I n fact, weed is illegal in large part because of the power of newspapers. It all started when DuPont and his close friend William Randolph Hearst got together and decided ganja should be illegal. DuPont was worried that hemp would be a cheaper, more durable manufacturing product than his company’s synthetic materials. So the two set out to convince the public that weed was killing the youth. We can come up with a few better reasons as to why it might be a good idea to go ahead and legalize weed.

Financially, the government could really benefit from Mary Jane taxation. Who’s making the money from buds now? One reason to legalize weed is because if it were legal, law enforcement would have a lot more free time to catch actual criminals.

Marijuana can also be less dangerous than alcohol and/or cigarettes. Smoking marijuana may be more harmful to your own lungs, but it seems to be less harmful in the form of second hand smoke: i.e. it doesn’t give as severe an asthma attacks and mothers who are casually exposed in passing (not users) are less likely to hurt an unborn fetus.

Although weed can make people lazy and super unmotivated to do work, lots of alcohol doesn’t exactly make for the most shining examples of citizenry either (see the Campus Blotter). Since when does the government make stuff that’s bad for us illegal? Overall, if cigarettes and alcohol should remain legal, we don’t see any overwhelmingly good evidence against legalization of pot.

It is important for the government to tightly regulate it, though, just as they do alcohol, and assure regulation would improve the effects of the drug, not make things worse. So in the only words uttered by Peter Tosh that anyone remembers, “legalize it.” It is past due.

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Waddingham: You may be a suspect

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Nov 202002
Authors: Becky Waddingham

A bill to create a Department of Homeland Security, that neo-Bolshevik-sounding agency, passed the Senate Tuesday night 90-9 and will soon be signed by the president.

While protecting the homeland (or motherland, or fatherland, whatever) is of course important, Americans should be concerned with how this will be done. And they should be nothing less than frightened by some of the things the government has already decided.

Probably the most jaw-droppingly Orwellian program of the whole homeland security mission is the new Information Awareness Office, a branch of the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency. DARPA itself isn’t scary; it actually helped foster the creation and spread of the Internet and cutting-edge military technology like the Stealth bomber. But this project has the potential for unprecedented levels of privacy invasion.

Its stated mission is to “counter asymmetric threats by achieving total information awareness useful for preemption; national security warning; and national security decision making.” Basically, it aims to deal with terrorist threats through innovative uses of surveillance, which on the surface seems realistic, necessary and harmless.

But dig below the surface and you will encounter programs such as HumanID, whose goal is to “develop automated biometric identification technologies to detect, recognize and identify humans at great distances.” Multi-modal biometric technology will include face recognition, iris recognition and even gait recognition, meaning the government will be able, among other things, to discern who is jogging by the Jefferson Memorial and who is gazing at Monet treasures at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In a twist of irony too serendipitous for many scriptwriters, IAO is led by none other than John Poindexter, the former National Security Advisor to President Reagan who helped engineer the plan to sell arms to Iran and illegally divert the funds to Nicaraguan rebels.

A domestic surveillance program with Rear Adm. Poindexter at the helm. If that were not scary enough, consider the program’s budget. The admiral gets $200 million for merely one aspect of the project: creating computer dossiers on 300 million Americans.

Of course, the intent of these programs is to capture terrorists and warn the public of terrorist attacks. But the HumanID program also mentions “criminal and other human-based threats.” So candy bar thieves at New York City bodegas could be eye-scanned, allowing authorities to track them down wherever these biometric sensors are placed. I am not making this up. Fact truly is stranger than fiction.

(Aside: This program probably spells doom for me. My visits to the White House and State Department subjected me to a few Secret Service/FBI background checks, which are now on file somewhere. Writing columns like this one probably doesn’t help, either.)

Still unconvinced? The brilliant IAO motto is proof positive of this program’s terrifying and vast potential. Like every government agency and most states in the union, the project has a catchphrase. New York State has “Excelsior” (ever upward). The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has “Ad Astra” (to the stars). And now IAO has “Scientia Est Potentia.”

I checked my Latin dictionary. The slogan translates two ways, number one being “Knowledge is Power.” They admit it outright: the government’s knowledge of you is power over you. No flies on them about that one. The other translation?

“Knowledge is Tyranny.” You decide.

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Cook: Not much to change in China

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Nov 202002
Authors: Oliver Cook

For those of you who follow international news you probably heard about the Chinese Communist Party’s recent unveiling of their new party leadership. There is almost always a period of uncertainty and apprehension whenever an event like this occurs around the world, particularly with the changing of leadership in an authoritarian country like China.

The case of China is usually one of apprehension as the previous three generations of leaders had all been against political reform and in favor of hard-line communism at some point in their lives. The new generation of leaders, headed by Hu Juntao, however, are rational, technocratic lawyers, economists and engineers who have all had a great deal of experience with the world outside China.

In particular, they have had infinitely more experience with the United States than any other generation of Chinese leadership. This is, generally speaking, very well for global stability, as the two powers will hopefully find rational solutions to problems and profitable ways of co-existing. On the other hand, based off Juntao’s human rights record, this new leadership is not going to be very different from its predecessors as far as domestic political and social reforms go.

It really just depends on what you think is a higher priority and or just cause. If you are a proponent of international security and stability then you should be pleased with Juntao’s appointment. The world will probably not have anything to fear from this new leadership as the aforementioned group is composed of professional leaders with as much to lose through conflict with the West as the United States does.

In fact, they have a great deal to lose even through non-cooperation, as the Chinese economy is really quite dependent on the high-tech global economy for survival. Hu Juntao understands this point without a flaw. He understands that the Chinese military, including their nuclear weapons program, is between 15-25 years behind the United States.

Juntao, and the new leadership, realize this as well, understanding it is cheaper, and more profitable to turn the United States into a close friend instead of a bitter rival. If you are primarily concerned with human rights violations and the continued disappearance of most non-Han cultures, like the Tibetans and Uighers, then you are in for a disappointment. Hu Juntao was the man responsible for repressing a pro-independence and pro-Dalai Lama movement in Lhasa, March 1989. Juntao was acting in accordance with the central government’s policy for dealing with dissent. He crushed it.

Another aspect of this policy is to “pacify” indigenous groups who are being a nuisance. This pacification is actually a systematic breeding out of these troublesome groups through intermarriage, re-settlement of ethnic Han (China’s largest ethnic group) into the area, and suppression of indigenous languages, culture and government.

This is a really unfortunate quality of the new leadership and I do not think will be dispensed with at any point in the near future as it is a practice thousands of years old.

What will the future of China be with this new leadership? Only time can tell, but two things are absolutely clear: the authoritarian nature of Chinese politics under the CCP will continue, and as China looks out to the world, there will be a great many people looking in on the severe domestic and ethical issues facing their new trading partner.

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Calendar of Fort Collins Thanksgiving events

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Nov 202002
Authors: Compiled Megan Fromm

Food Basket Giveaway

When: Thanksgiving Day

Where: Open Door Mission

316 Jefferson

What: Will be offering family food baskets filled with all the trimmings for a

Thanksgiving dinner and also delivering individual meals.

To help: Drop off food contributions such as turkey, cranberries, and pies to the shelter

until November 22.

Contact: Rev. Richard Thebo, 215-6781

Thanksgiving Day Run

When: 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day

Where: Old Town

What: Four-miles run/walk and kid’s run. Portion of proceeds benefits Children’s Clinic.

Cost: During pre-registration: $20 with shirt, $13 without shirt

To participate: Pre-register at Fort Collins Club or other locations

Contact: Ken Forzley, 482-0551

Thanksgiving at Rambouillet

When: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, November 22

Where: Rambouillet, Lory Student Center

What: Buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner

Cost: $9.95 per person

Cornucopia Pops Concert

When: 2-4 p.m., Sunday, November 24

Where: Lincoln Center Mini Theatre

What: An entertaining mix of uplifting pieces along with seasonal favorites

Cost: Free

Contact: Fort Collins Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 491-3388

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Marijuana continues to be a hazy topic

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Nov 202002
Authors: Laura Standley

Whether or not marijuana should be legalized is a question lingering since the drug’s prohibition in 1937 under the Marijuana Tax Act.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently launched a national advertising campaign offering their answer to the legalization question as an emphatic “no.”

The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign is targeting youths from now through June 2003. Also, the campaign targeting parents is running until December, according to the Office of National Drug Control.

The anti-drug campaign provides facts about the risks of marijuana use and consequences in effort to stop youth marijuana use. For parents, the campaign will advocate measures in order for them to raise anti-drug youths.

Marijuana is the most used illegal drug in America and 37 percent of Americans over the age of 12 have used marijuana in their lifetime, according to the National Drug Control Policy Overview.

The younger a child is when they first use marijuana correlates with children growing up to try cocaine and heroin and be drug addicted adults, according to the NDCPO.

However, it is also argued drug use is not the same as drug abuse and drugs can be used responsibly, according to the EC 101 Web site of CSU Economics Professor Steven Shulman.

Advocates for the legalization of marijuana emphasize the feeling that marijuana convictions are unjust.

“Drugs are a handicap. I don’t think anyone should use them. But if a person is using marijuana in his or her own home, doing no harm to anyone other than arguably to himself or herself, should that person be arrested and put in jail? In my opinion, the answer is no,” said New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in a statement on July 10, 2001.

Under the Clinton administration, a marijuana smoker was arrested every 45 seconds, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws report titled “Sixty Years of Marijuana Prohibition in the U.S.”

According to Shulman’s Web site, about half out of approximately 1.5 million arrests made each year are for marijuana possession or distribution. After an arrest for one of these crimes, the person could be sentenced using mandatory drug sentencing laws. Mandatory sentences do not allow for a judge to take into account a defendant’s personal circumstances.

Though Shulman’s Web site says there have been no reported marijuana related deaths, research indicates that marijuana causes respiratory problems, impaired memory, anxiety and panic attacks and increased heart rate, according to the NDCPO.

“The zero death rate for marijuana users may be caused by the fact that “people go on and off marijuana, but cigarettes may be more addictive,” said Pam McCracken, the director of The Center for Drug and Alcohol Education for Hartshorn Health Center. “It’s a type of drug that varies from person to person.”

Marijuana may be more damaging to lungs than cigarettes because it is usually smoked unfiltered with the leaves unpacked and inhaled more deeply with smoke held in the lungs for a longer time, McCracken said. Also, marijuana bypasses the liver and is not filtered in the body.

A myth the ONDCP said is common is that marijuana is harmless.

“One joint is equivalent to maybe 20 cigarettes,” McCracken said. “Benzopyrene is a cancer causing agent (found in marijuana).”

Marijuana is dangerous for drivers because its effects can last longer. Some people may test positive for driving under the influence of marijuana 24 hours after the driver smoked marijuana, McCracken said. However, it is certain that one ounce of alcohol is cleansed from the body in one hour, she said.

She added there are continued medical effects after a student stops smoking marijuana.

“We do know that when students want to [quit smoking marijuana] they have anxiety, sleeplessness… that do get better over time,” McCracken said.

Unlike cigarettes, McCracken said there little research indicating that secondhand marijuana smoke is harmful.

“You’d have to be in a closed car smoking Bob Marley, Cheech and Chong joints for a long time to test positive from (secondhand) marijuana (use),” she said.

Another prevalent myth, according to the ONDCP, is that marijuana does not make a person lose control.

While driving under the influence of marijuana, one may be able to manipulate the steering wheel but not react in time if a child ran out into the street, McCracken said. She said there is currently research being conducted using driving simulators to generate a more accurate account of why smoking marijuana impairs driving.

Another reason marijuana might be dangerous is because it shuts off the vomiting center in a person’s body, McCracken said. She said this could be dangerous when a person consumes high quantities of alcohol and then smokes marijuana. The person may be suffering from alcohol poisoning while they are unable to vomit.

The other side of the debate is the legislative issues. Marijuana is a Schedule One classified drug, which means it is said to have a high potential for abuse and is not acceptable for medical use in the U.S., according to the NORML Report. This restricts California and Arizona, two states that have legalized the medicinal marijuana use, from implementing their state plans.

Currently in Colorado, possession of small amounts of marijuana is classified as a petty offense, said Bob Chaffee, captain of the CSU Police Department.

“If caught with a small amount of marijuana, you could be fined up to $500 or six months in jail,” Chaffee said.

If caught with marijuana as a CSU student, there may also be disciplinary actions taken through the university’s judicial affairs,” Chaffee said.

Chaffee emphasized if marijuana is legalized, a person would still not be allowed to drive under its influence. He said he could not foresee how legalization would change law enforcement for him; he would continue enforce the law.

CSU students have variety of opinions on this debated topic.

“To say pot should be legal just because it’s not as bad as alcohol or cigarettes is just as pointless as saying it should be illegal just because it’s a dangerous drug. It’s not for everybody and it not a black and white issue,” said Pete Schulman, a junior philosophy major.

One CSU student brought up social interaction as an issue that should be included in the legalization debate.

“I don’t think marijuana should be legalized,” said Ian Van Able, a freshman Spanish and sociology major. “I have seen way to many of my friends decide that drugs are more important than our friendship.”

For some students the issue comes down to their rights.

“It’s completely ridiculous (the federal government) can have any drug laws. It’s unconstitutional and against our freedoms, but no one seems to mind,” Schulman said.

Some students are against legalization because of a fear of higher prices.

“I think it should be legal to do it in the privacy of your own home and to grow it, but if it’s legal, they’ll put too many taxes on it and regulations,” said Corey DeRosa, a sophomore business major.

Some CSU students sell marijuana, and would be unable to do so if legalized.

“I don’t want it to be legalized because I sell it,” said John, a senior journalism major.

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Budget cuts affect facilities staff

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Nov 202002
Authors: Christopher J. Ortiz

In light of recent budget cuts, CSU has instated a freeze of state classified employment, and departments such as facilities management have developed plans to reduce their budgets.

The plans come after an announcement by CSU that the university will return $8 million to the state after a statewide budget reduction ordered by Gov. Bill Owens.

The online job listing for CSU, www.jobs.colostate.edu, is currently empty.

Brian Chase, the director of facilities management at CSU, said the department is careful not to make cuts that would affect students directly. The department is making cuts with support facility, which includes the maintenance of staff and department offices. Classrooms and general areas of buildings on campus should not be affected, Chase said.

David Wasnick, who has worked for facilities management for a year, said he is in support of the cuts in cleaning faculty and staff offices.

“I’m strong against cleaning offices (of faculty). As far as I know, this is one of the last universities to have facilities management to clean them,” Wasnick said.

He hopes professors and staff will help pitch in and understand the priorities of facilities management.

Wasnick also said the department is an understaffed as it is and with the freezing of jobs, he expects the department to be more short-handed.

“We have emphasis to make strategic cuts, not affecting students and what they pay for (at CSU),” Chase said.

Before the decision was made, Chase sent an e-mail to professors and staff about the proposal. Chase said that in general, staff and facility have been supportive of the decision and understand the situation.

With CSU’s budget concerns, several areas on campus are under review to cut costs. With a $13 million budget, and 400 employees, between 50 and 100 being students, the facilities management is working on trying to reduce spending by 5 to 7 percent.

“Basically, what we are trying to do is not fill positions that open because people leave or because they retire, and retain our staff as much as possible,” said Sandy Sheahan, manager of customer service at facilities management.

In regards to employee’s salaries and bonuses, Chase does not anticipate a reduction in pay for the department; however, open positions from vacancies and retirement are not likely to be immediately filled.

Along with reducing the number of times offices are cleaned, Chase also said there are plans to reduce the amount of grounds maintenance on campus. This includes the amount of landscaping done to the campus. The plans are expected to go into effect in July 2003.

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Men in child care a rare breed

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Nov 202002
Authors: Kyle Endres

Men do not enjoy the same standing in the child-care profession as women, partly due to a general concern about having men be alone with children, said Linda Fellion, coordinator of child-care resources and referrals at the Fort Collins Women’s Center.

In October, Jan Elijah Rogers, a former CSU student, was charged with 12 local counts ranging from unlawful sexual contact to sexual assault on a minor at the University Children’s Center, a CSU-affiliated day care center. Rogers was an employee at the center and the Early Childhood Lab School, a CSU-owned pre-school. No evidence has been found of any wrongdoing at the lab school. Rogers also was indicted on four federal charges of advertising and distributing child pornography.

Because of this incident, child-care facilities might be more hesitant than usual to hire male staff members, Fellion said.

“One of the things I have concerns about this is that this incident will further increase perceptions that it’s not appropriate for men to be caregivers,” she said. “It’s still, in some people’s minds, very suspect for men to be in child care.”

Men might not always be the problem, though, when it comes to child abuse.

According to Young Children magazine, “young females are perpetrators of child abuse more often than males.” The magazine stated that 61.8 percent of perpetrators were female as opposed to 38.2 percent for males, using data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System.

Eldon Grimm, who runs a Loveland-based home day care with his wife, has not personally experienced suspicion over his role as a day care provider – only surprise.

“There’s a lot of surprise,” he said. “People are amazed that I’m willing to do it or enjoy doing it.”

About 3 percent of early childhood workforce employees are male, according to Young Children magazine. This data came from the Center for the Child Care Workforce.

With the recent trend of absent fathers and little male contact for many children, some people say it is especially important to have men in children’s lives.

“There are a lot of kids these days that don’t have a consistent male image in their lives,” Grimm said. “The thing that we provide is a more family-like atmosphere.”

Grimm also noted that having men in children’s lives helps to counteract any negative attitudes single mothers may pass on to their children.

“(A single mother) passes to both the boys and the girls the image that there should be problems (with men),” Grimm said. “Even the most conscientious single mother can’t help but send messages that aren’t necessarily positive male images.”

Jody Lilliequist, director of the Hope Infant and Children’s Center, thinks the University Children’s Center did nothing wrong by hiring and maintaining Rogers’ employment. She said that because Rogers had no previous crime record, there was no reason to suspect he would do anything wrong.

“There was nothing anybody could have done,” Lilliequist said. “I think the director over (at the center) probably did everything she could.”

Regardless of whether Rogers should have been hired, Lilliequist believes there are certain measures a child-care agency must take for its and the children’s protection.

“I try to make sure that when I have a male working for me, that he doesn’t get left alone with the kids, for his own protection,” said Lilliequist, who said she does the same with female employees. “We have to be so careful.”

However, some parents might misread a male employee’s intent with children, Fellion said. Men tend to be more active and physical when interacting with children, which can be a good thing because children need close contact and affection, she said.

“It’s pretty common to observe that men play differently with children,” Fellion said. “I just think there’s a potential for those normal appropriate interactions with children being misinterpreted by parents if there isn’t good communication between the parents and providers. We’ve had some parents share with us that they won’t enroll their children in a family child-care home if there’s a man present during the day.”

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