Clausen attorney makes statement on family’s behalf

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Patrick Crossland

The family of Jason Peder Clausen, the 22-year-old arrested in connection with the death of Lacy Miller, said they are “shocked and devastated” in an indirect statement made by Jason Clausen’s attorney, Joseph “Andy” Gavaldon, after Clausen’s first live appearance before the judge.

Gavaldon said when information of Miller’s abduction was disclosed, the Clausen family prayers were with Miller’s family and for her safe return. Galvaldon said the recent news confirming her death increases feelings the Clausen family has for Miller’s family.

He said the Clausen family loves and supports their son and asked that their privacy be respected as they deal with this issue.

Clausen has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of University of Northern Colorado student Miller. Miller disappeared on Jan. 18 after dropping a friend off from a party. Her car was found near her parents’ Fort Collins home. Clausen was arrested in connection with her disappearance Jan. 22 and Miller’s body was found Sunday.

Clausen’s arraignment was held Monday, where he was notified of being charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree kidnapping.

Christine Meyer, a friend of Clausen, said she knew a kind and respectful Clausen.

“The Jason I know is an awesome guy; he’d never disrespect women,” Meyer said.

Meyer, who was a classmate of his at a local private school, said news that Clausen has been charged with Miller’s abduction and murder is a shock.

“It’s extremely surprising,” she said. “I still don’t believe it, it’s such a shock. It’s out of the ordinary of the Jason I know.”

Meyer, who was present at Clausen’s arraignment Monday, said she was there to support both sides.

“I think it’s a sad story. The whole situation is horrible,” Meyer said.

Meyer said she is not making any assumptions about whether Clausen is innocent or guilty.

“In America, I believe a person is innocent until proven guilty,” she said. “I’m waiting for that.”

An attorney for the Fort Collins Coloradoan spoke on behalf of loosening the limitations on pre-trial information to the public.

Judge James H. Hiatt denied the request to make public certain information regarding the trial and is not permitting the use of cameras in the courtroom.

“This is not a library; this is a courtroom. We are working on this case,” he said. He said certain files may be held, but (the court), “would not abuse that.”

Hiatt suggested the issue be brought up at a later time, saying, “things continue forever, things change and the investigation continues,” indicating he might consider the request at a later date.

His face stern and body near motionless, Clausen sat as his attorneys discussed his right to have the preliminary hearing farther off than 30 days.

Responding only, “yes, sir,” or “no, sir,” Clausen answered the judge, who ensured the decision to have the hearing farther off than thirty days was in fact made by Clausen.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 26, at 9 a.m. in the Larimer County Courthouse.

Clausen is being held without bond at the Larimer County Detention Center.

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KCSU reviews the latest new music

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: KCSU Staff

Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Release Date: July 16, 2002

By: Asst. Music Director, Abby Berendt</p>

After their debut at an Oklahoma City transvestite club, 10 albums and almost two decades later, the Flaming Lips are still burning up the music industry. With a cult-like following and only one “Top 40” hit, the Lips struck an amazingly unique chord with their 2002 release, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. It is a sweet collection of psychedelic space rock. A rare album, one that intricately and ambitiously tells a story throughout 11 tracks. Like the Who’s Quadrophenia, the concept might be a bit confusing and a bit abstract. But as each track glides into the next, a futuristic trance reinvigorates the listener. Multi-layered vocal tracks on “Flight Song”, and orchestral choruses in “Do you Realize,” rightfully proclaim the maturity of the Lips’ indescribable talent. Yoshimi is dream pop- a montage of sounds and a collection of unforgettable melodies. It’s an album everyone should hear- one of the best of 2002.

Spoon: Kill The Moonlight

Release Date: August 20, 2002

By: Music Director, Daniel Higley

Austin’s Spoon has had a string of good albums, and this year, they added one more to the list. ITALKill The Moonlight is a departure somewhat from the stripped down rock sound of the 2001 release Girls Can Tell. This record finds lead singer Britt Daniel experimenting with new sounds, some synthetic beats, and overlapping vocal tracks. The result works well in most cases. “Stay Don’t Go” is a good example of new sound Britt seemed to be searching for. One track is Britt creating a rhythmic beat using vocal percussion, and then another vocal track with his lyrics. The hit of the album is the catchy “That’s the Way We Get By”, which is the only really straight rock track on the record. This record leads us to believe that more good things are on the way for Spoon.

Slobberbone: Slippage

Release Date: 2002

By: Program Director, Zach Ginsberg

REMEMBER, IT’S ROCK! Call it what you will. (Cow Punk, Americana, Alt.

Country) BUT REMEMBER, IT’S ROCK. That’s all the boys from Slobberbone ask, because that’s what they provide. With Slippage, Slobberbone brings pure rock with a taste of home. From the hard driving and in your face “Springfield, IL” and the raunchy – poetic tale contained within the “Butcher,” to the maudlin and morose “Sister Beams” and a heartfelt rendition of the Bee Gee’s classic “To Love Somebody” featuring the beautifully broken vocals of lead singer Brent Best. Rock ‘n’ Roll has never been so simultaneously gritty and sweet. While a hard rocking departure from “Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today,” Slobberbone did just what they meant to do … ROCK! In every way they know how!

Bad Religion: The Process of Belief

Release Date: February 12, 2002

By: Production Director, Bryan “Beano” Bean

The Process of Belief is a return to the musical foundation Bad Religion was founded on. Many would say that after 20 years and more than a dozen full-length releases there couldn’t be much life left in a punk band. Bad Religion, however, one of the most well-known and influential punk bands, proves those assumptions wrong. Their latest album features the return of original guitarist Brett Gurewitz and is a revival of the song writing style that BR fans have grown to love. Singer Greg Graffin’s intuitive and often over-bearing lyrical arsenal is still at its best as he sings about everything from global pollution to family politics and everything he holds true. The Process of Belief is proof that you don’t need to scream till your neck bleeds, shave a Mohawk in your hair or sing about girls to make a pristine punk album. If you love punk or are simply looking for an inspiring rock album, ITALThe Process of Belief was one of the best of 2002.

Sleater-Kinney: One Beat

Release Date: August 20, 2002

By Thea Domber

Who says women can’t rock? Certainly not Sleater-Kinney, who returned in 2002 with One Beat, their most sonically pleasing album. Yet political undertones seep into the album on tracks like “Combat Rock” and “Far Away;” which were written in response to September 11th. But many of the songs could just as easily be about rebellion against the blahs of the world. With ferocious vocals and choppy guitar stylings, Sleater-Kinney recall bands as diverse as the Ramones to the modern garage sounds of the Strokes. One Beat picks up right where their classic Dig Me Out left off. While the girls continue to perfect their sound, their lyrics have grown deeper and more complete. “Oh” is an intense and demanding track that pulls you in, while “Hollywood Ending” plays out all the stereotypes. With the flood of neo-punk invading the airwaves, it’s refreshing to hear Sleater-Kinney stick to their classic sound. One Beat is a triumph of true talent.

Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow

Release Date: April 30, 2002

By: Urban Music Director, Rebecca Rodriguez

2002 was an interesting year in the Hip Hop scene. Its growing popularity in the mainstream has caused many to lose sight of the culture due to the glare off the “bling-bling” (aahh- choo!P-Diddy … bless me), but at the same time has inspired underground artists to stand taller. With that I would like to recognize a KCSU favorite album of 2002, Blackalicious Blazing Arrow. This CD begins with a funky intro, continues with on point rhymes, varied beats, and leaves you feelin’ at ease. Blazing Arrow also has featured guests such as Ben Harper, Chali 2NA and even spoken word from Saul Williams. The music production by Chief Xcel has an impressionable style with contributions from Cut Chemist, Babu, ?uestlove and Hi-Tek. Lead lyricist, Gift Of Gab (a name well assumed) delivers lyrics that speak cleverly on the ways of the world. These lyrics come with unique heat, unreal quickness, and crazy wordplay, yet are smooth and at times soothing, as you’ll hear in songs such as “Green Light.” Despite a couple of curveballs, you’ll find that this album is overall a fine piece from start to finish.

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See Denver’s Indie theaters

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Troy Briggs

Beginnings are always so precarious. The whole fate of a relationship can easily be built on those few glances, the first words, something in a handshake. Some of the daily readers might recognize this as a new sub-article under the larger (mother) article of movie reviews. With the newness of it all I thought that an appropriate beginning would be with introductions. In this article I will attempt to both introduce and discuss a smaller faction of the grand world of film. “The Indie Movie.” To begin with, I will introduce the theaters that support this endangered sort of opportunity to tap into the less than main stream.

The three giants of this little world of Indie are The Mayan, Chez Artiste and The Esquire. All three of these Denver-based theaters are perfect for the slightly different movie viewing experience. Here is a list of directions and some interesting things to do near by while waiting after or before the movie.

The Mayan

110 Broadway # (303) 744-6796:

A gorgeous theater. Near The Mayan is a pretty nice bar called “The Hornet” with seating and some pool tables. Across the street is one of the top galleries in Denver “RULE” check it out if you have time. From I-25 take the 6th Ave. exit east. Take 6th until Broadway and hang a right. The theater is at 1st and Broadway. It is on the northeast side of the intersection.

Chez Artiste

4150 E Amherst Ave. # (303) 757-7161:

Big momma of the Denver Indie. There is an Indian restaurant, and a Beujo’s is near but the real treat is a great big Savers right next door with a nice view of Denver. The Chez Artiste has more daytime shows during the week than the other theaters. To get there take the Colorado Blvd. exit south. Your crossroad is Amherst. The theater is on the left. It is a bit tucked away so just look for the Savers.

The Esquire

590 Downing #(303) 733-5757:

Cute theater, nice neighborhood. There is a really good little bookshop called Mean Jeanine’s near and a cool coffee shop that looks like a gas station right across the street. There are a few eating options, I hear good things about the nearby deli. Esquire is very easy to get to: take 6th Ave. east to the doorstep. The crossroad is Downing and The Esquire is on the right.

So if you haven’t yet acquainted yourself with some of these theaters, give it a try. I promise it will be interesting.

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Great Farrell-Pacino chemistry in “Recruit”

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Eric Todd Patton

Al Pacino is on the very short list of the great living actors. Colin Farrell is making a bid for the list (though he has at least two decades to go before he makes it) as he begins a solid collection of films. Okay, we will have to forget about “American Outlaws” and we may have to forget him in the upcoming “Daredevil,” but besides that, he has emerged from the BBC to become one of Hollywood’s hot commodities.

This latest film, “The Recruit,” is one more that can be added to the great performances by Pacino and Farrell. It was almost like watching the two dance on the screen, with Pacino leading. Pacino plays a CIA recruiting officer and training agent, Walter Burke, who recruits James Clayton (Farrell) to become a leading operative in the agency.

Clayton begins training at The Farm, a secret locale for the trainees. Very quickly he becomes smitten with another trainee, Layla Moore, played by Bridget Moynahan. There is the stereotypical animosity toward each other because of the sexual tension and of course, the trials that bring their two hearts together. Awww, ain’t that touching.

But is she for real? Is Clayton for real? Is anyone in the movie for real? Well, remember what the slugline for the movie is, ‘Nothing is what it seems.’ That is what they say, but in fact, everything is what is seems to be in this movie.

From the very beginning, in fact, from the previews on television, I was able to predict the outcome of the film. I am sure if you see the previews, you know exactly what to expect. There were no real surprises, it was not very riveting, but it was exciting and fun to watch played out.

Burke tells Clayton that Moore is a mole trying to infiltrate the CIA, but of course he has known her for about a month, so he is in love and cannot believe what he is hearing. So on his own he tries to find out who is being truthful and the ride begins. If you know the end of a movie, it does not always ruin the experience and this film was able to keep enough exciting moments to make it enjoyable.

The best thing to say about this film is the acting. This is the best I have seen Moynahan, in fact, aside from being gorgeous, this is her first performance I think is worth even mentioning. Farrell, as I mentioned, I feel is one of the great up and coming actors. I was horribly disappointed when his movie “Phone Booth” got shelved, but he has many more films to be released in 2003. Pacino is the closest thing to a film deity that has ever existed. Give him a script and he will nail it, so there is no criticism there.

This was like a juiced up “Spy Game.” If you enjoy Tom Clancy, if you enjoy films about double agents and espionage, this is your film. But for me, the predictability and the clich/s used spoil what could be good parts of the movie. B-.

Starring; Colin Farrell, Al Pacino, Bridget Moynahan

Directed by Roger Donaldson

What you need to know

If you enjoy Tom Clancy, double agents, espionage, this is your film.

Final Grade; B-

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Clooney’s directorial debut a winner

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Eric Todd Patton

In 1981, television producer and visionary Chuck Barris wrote what he called an ‘unauthorized’ autobiography on his controversial life. He titled it ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,’ and it was optioned years ago by a Hollywood production company but bounced around to different studios without anybody holding the courage to set it into production. That is, until George Clooney got hold of it.

Chuck Barris starts off as a man enthralled with women. He was quoted in the movie saying ‘I was fueled only with the desire to get more p****,’ so he worked hard at achieving jobs that he thought would get him laid. He began work at a television studio, but found no woman wanted him unless he was someone of importance. He started pitching ideas to the executives and they bit.

The first pitch he gave got the executives excited, the idea for “The Dating Game.” After filming the pilot episode, the comments and actions of the unpredictable, unscripted guests terrified the executives, who said, “we cannot put people discussing sex out of wedlock on national television, let alone some guy simulating getting a blow job!”

The show was shelved. Enter George Clooney as a CIA director. Intrigued with the idea of being a CIA operative, and “laying some hot eastern European chicks,” Barris quickly accepts the offer. Soon after his first killing, the studio calls, offering him the job to produce his show, “The Dating Game.” Thus begins his life as a television producer and a CIA hit man, spiraling in and out of paranoia and to the brink of insanity before he gets the urge to write a tell-all.

Sam Rockwell, playing Chuck Barris, is brilliant. Very rarely do we see an actor who is so much fun to watch on the screen. His line delivery, his facial expressions and modernist demeanor all amount to Clooney making an incredible casting choice.

Clooney should actually be the talk of Hollywood right now. He managed to find his own unique directorial style with darkened images and what seemed to be a soft (fuzzy) picture throughout. It is horribly difficult for a first time director to find a characterizing style and voice. This is as great as when Redford jumped into directing with “Ordinary People” and as exciting as when first time director Guy Ritchie came out with “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.”

The controversy, or at least debate and mystery, around Barris’ life is whether he is truthful about what happened in his life or not. That debate does not matter here. This film is intriguing in fact or fiction. Furthermore, Barris has been met with criticism surrounding his television shows.

People said that he lowered the standard of entertainment. He was the gateway into reality television that plagues us now with “American Idol,” “The Bachelor,” “Survivor,” “Temptation Island,” and just about every other show on the set today. But I do not think it was a lowering. Ever since America started entertainment back on stage in the 1700’s we have been known as lowbrow entertainment … not sophisticated. But is that bad? We have more viewers of television than any other country in the world and most of our shows are requested overseas. We can appeal to the masses. We appeal to what people want to see.

So that is what was great about Chuck Barris. He knew what people would want to watch as he started “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game,” “The Gong Show” and many others. He appealed to the masses and was successful. So is he autobiography true in regard to the rest of his “secret” life? Nobody knows. But look what has happened again. He appealed to the intrigue that surrounds such a claim and got the masses to watch him once again. Brilliant. A-.

FOR THE BOX;

Starring; Sam Rockwell, George Clooney, Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts.

Directed By; George Clooney.

What You Need To Know; Very Intriguing, in fact or fiction! (or if it sounds better Dustyn) Clooney has managed to finding his own unique directorial style!

Final Grade; A-

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Life lessons learned from Super Bowl ads

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Paul Franco

Excellent, spell-binding, superb, tear-jerking are all adjectives that come to mind when trying to describe the spectacle that was the Super Bowl. Forget the actual game; the game isn’t what matters on Super Bowl Sunday. What matters is the entertainment found when there is no play on the field. That’s right: what everyone really cares about are the commercials.

During timeouts, we were blessed with beer commercials, movie trailers and more beer commercials. We saw the much anticipated trailer to Terminator 3 (“She’ll be back!); we saw football-playing horses standing around waiting for a zebra referee to review a play (“He’s not a jackass, he’s a zebra!”); we saw the trailers for the sequel to the Matrix (Kick, pow, punch, bam!) and The Hulk (“Don’t make me angry!”); and of course the Coors Light twins (“And….twins!”)

But it was when the marketing agencies took time out to be serious that they most grabbed my attention. The Super Bowl may be time of levity; a time when people want to get drunk and forget the worries of the world while watching grown men deliver body-crushing blows, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a time out from the beer-guzzling and face-stuffing to learn important life lessons.

Usually the deepest thought I have during the Super Bowl is “Who’s going to get me another beer?” But one ad in particular brought me out of my general stupor and apathy towards the world and had me thinking. In order to do justice to the ad and its message I must describe it shot by shot.

It begins with a middle-aged woman staring at a pregnancy test. Okay, I thought, it’s a commercial for pregnancy tests. This seemed kind of odd in the testosterone-fueled environment that is the Super Bowl, yet because I thought this, my attention was instantly grabbed.

Next we see a close-up of the pregnancy test applicator. We can’t tell if it’s positive or not or if the woman wants it to be positive. In walks the husband who watches attentively with his wife. Have these two been trying to have children, but they can’t? Or are they worried about providing for a new addition to the family? Either way, it makes for intriguing television.

Words that say something to the effect of, “Having a child can greatly affect your life,” flashes on the screen for a second. We are transported back to the couple eyeing the pregnancy test, it’s positive. They look distraught, but we have yet to see why. Words begin to slowly appear on the screen as if they are being typed: “They are about to be the youngest….grandparents on the block.”

The camera returns to the parents and pans over to reveal their daughter crying and a voiceover begins. I expected the great disembodied voice to tell me to use condoms. Or, if the voice was a conservative I thought I’d be told to wait until marriage. Either would make a ton of sense. But, here is where the viewer is thrown for a loop, the greatest loop in commercial history. The voice informs us: “Marijuana can impair your judgment.”

And that was the end of the commercial, the end of a roller coaster ride of emotions. First we feel happy, “Ahhh, they’re having a baby!” Then apprehension sets in, “Why do they look so nervous?” And after that we are shocked, “It’s not the woman that’s pregnant, it’s their teenager.” Finally, a cloud of confusion falls over our minds “The pregnancy was caused by her having smoked weed?”

As I thought about it more, the puzzlement began to disperse. It wasn’t the weed that knocked her up. The smoking of the weed impaired her judgment such that she went out and had sex, thus leading to the unplanned pregnancy. Marijuana isn’t the father of the baby, but it might as well be. Hell, her judgment was so impaired by the weed that she doesn’t even know who the father is. Life lesson learned: don’t smoke marijuana, you’ll lose your mind and get pregnant if you do.

Not only does the commercial give us a life-changing message, it also leaves room for an advertising dynasty. It seems that it is already part two of a series. Remember the girl who takes a hit from the bong and falls back into the clutches of a lecherous teenager in that “Harmless?” ad. I think that is the same girl in the Super Bowl ad.

I can see part three now: A young woman paces in front of a nursery. We see a three-week old baby that is hooked up to a breathing machine. Words appear on the screen or a voiceover begins: “Marijuana impaired her judgment. She got pregnant. Now her baby was born premature.” The baby’s heart monitor beeps and spells out the slogan: “Harmless?”

I’m not sure about the statistical link between smoking marijuana and pregnancy rates, but this ad scared me into learning the appropriate course of action concerning weed. I won’t smoke because I don’t want to get pregnant. Pay no attention to the fact that I can’t get pregnant because who knows what will happen if you smoke pot? The ends justify the means: Harmless?

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Walking through the Middle of Everywhere

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Dominic Weilminster

Nebraska.

Synonymous with rolling hills of monotonous cornfields and an endless, often dreaded stretch of American highway. The site of small town America, a globally, if not nationally, isolated culture of cultivation, corn and country folk in America’s heartland.

Or so we think.

Bringing Happy-Meals to Mali, Coca-Cola to Kosovo and Nike to Nepal, western influence in the globalization of the developing world is a revolution that is difficult to ignore. But what about the world’s effect on the West?

With the interconnectedness of world cultures becoming more and more evident, it is safe to say that there seems to be light, or more accurately, changes on both ends of the tunnel.

Nationally acclaimed author and psychologist Mary Pipher, the next speaker in CSU’s “Bridges to the Future” lecture series, looks into the eyes of her own changing community and sees the onset of cultural confrontation between an increasingly diverse society.

“I am exploring globalization, not in the sense of America and Western culture changing the rest of the world, but the rest of the world’s impact on us,” Pipher said. “It seems, though it may not be as obvious to us, that we too are getting globalized.”

Pipher, a resident of Lincoln, Neb., has watched as what many believe is a small, white-dominated, farm town turn into a hub of cultural diversity through an influx of refugees from around the world.

“Everyone thinks of Lincoln as a flat, empty place that I-80 happens to pass through with a white, middle-class, homogenous population,” Pipher said. “What they don’t realize is that we have people from 52 language groups and refugees resettling from around the world.”

The title of her latest book, The Middle of Everywhere, plays on this generalization of Nebraska being what many would assume as ‘the middle of nowhere.’

“Over the past years, I have seen my city change from the stereotypical depiction of middle America to a place that now has to cater to a large population of unnaturalized residents,” Pipher said.

In the retail and food services alone, Pipher stated that she has noticed an increasing selection of foreign influences mirroring the cultural mixing within the population.

“What I talk about in my book and what I will be speaking on is this globalization,” Pipher said. “It is not the globalization of the rest of the world, but rather the changes we are having to make in our own communities. The fact is, we, too, are getting globalized.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, over the past 10 years the U.S. has taken in well over 1.6 million refugees primarily from Asia. And, while traditional immigration destinations such as New York and California continue to take in a majority of refugees, states such as Nebraska and Colorado are spreading the influx of refugee immigrants as a result of a greater amount of employment opportunities.

The trouble, or perhaps the lesson being learned with the spreading of refugee immigration is that places like Lincoln, Neb., that are not traditional immigration destinations are being faced with somewhat of a trans-cultural dilemma. While cities wish to give new hope to the unfortunate refugees, they must make up somehow for the lack of cultural capacity developed from years of being solely a place of American citizenry.

“Our town has really been transformed,” Pipher said. “Lincoln used to have an American-only work-force, now companies are being forced to know the language and tendencies of their employees. Services have had to make accommodations as well. Our hospitals are now facing patients that, for one, don’t understand what the doctors are saying, and two, have no concept of western medicine.”

Pipher has observed in her community a microcosmic view of what much of the United States increasingly experiences with the continually changing diversity of our population.

Such changes, it seems, are not necessarily all matters of inconvenience, but rather sources of education and understanding for the world outside of the English-speaking realm.

Part of the trouble with Americans being very culturally centered, said Pipher, is that we often cannot understand why it is so difficult for a refugee to adapt to our environment.

“In one week, we move a child from the tragic conditions of a refugee camp, place them in a new country, a new culture, and a new home, and then the next week we expect them to learn algebra,” said Pipher, who spent a year working with adolescent refugees in a Lincoln high school.

Through her observations of teenage interaction between the American-bred teens and those who have resettled from their homes, Pipher was able to witness what she called “the globalization of our teenagers.”

Her study of interactions between teens rooting from some of the world’s harshest conditions and those raised in stable, safe Middle America provided Pipher with insights into not only how people deal with tragedy and loss, but also with how refugees see Americans.

“I have met children and families recovering from extreme loss, for instance, a boy from Bosnia witnessed his father and grandfather getting beheaded directly before he was given a chance to leave to America,” Pipher said.

The difficulty with loss and a culture shock together on the refugees Pipher has worked with is tremendous and it is further harmed when faced with a callous, uninformed American populace.

Thus, according to Pipher, many of the refugees uphold their cultural traditions as a source of solstice to overcome their forced attachment with American life.

This in turn results in the globalization of communities like Lincoln and the proliferation of foreign culture within the white-bred western world.

“One of the principle things I try to focus on is how the refugees see us,” Pipher said. “In today’s difficult world, this could prove most important and it is something that we know nothing about. The amount of this understanding may result in the realization of the benefit of globalization or, oppositely, not enough could lead to polarization.”

Such seemingly universal global commonalities such as parental bonds can prove to be as different as cultures themselves.

According to Pipher, refugee adolescents despise the amount of disrespect shown by American teens to their elders.

“Refugee kids love and respect their parents and are happy to tell you that,” Pipher said. “Most of them believe, ‘should I be successful, I will want to be able to support my parents.'”

The collision of cultures seems to reach into all aspects of teen life, explained Pipher. Sexually, refugees are much more “prude” and reserved and materialistically items, food in particular, are not taken for granted.

“The kids from refugee camps usually cannot believe the amount of food wasted on lunch by their American peers,” Pipher said. “One girl whose family nearly starved to death explained this to me with disbelief. To her, the pizza thrown away by her classmate may have allowed her family to survive another day. ‘The children throw away so much food,’ she said, ‘while my family was forced to graze in the grass like cattle.'”

The cultural exchange is certainly not one-sided; while refugees are given a glimpse into American culture, people around them can see the difficulty that life can hold.

“There are some American children that are not curious about the origins of the refugees, besides asking them how to say cuss-words in other languages, but there are also many who enjoy the idea of being a cultural broker and learning of the world.”

This brokerage upon the growing cultural exchange has become Pipher’s newest goal. She has sought after the heart of the American family and now she seeks after the bond of the world’s people.

Her observances of her changing town are not merely in the physical presence of multi-lingual signs and more restaurant selection, but rather in the important lessons that can be learned from the people of the world. People who originate from places which we may call backwards, but perhaps, in terms of their values may me more of a model than we know.

In the end, it seems like boring old Nebraska, like those places we call ‘backwards,’ may be unfairly labeled as well. Certainly through the eyes of Mary Pipher, we can replace flat, empty cornfields with flourishing exchange of cultures.

“As a psychologist, I set out to see if I could aid in the mental health effects of culture on the refugees,” said Pipher. “The refugees, however, looked beyond residing in psychological traumas and carried on with the important realities in life, working, physical health, aiding family. This result, for me, was humbling.”

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Tips for planning last minute Valentine dates

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: hristopher J. Ortiz

If you are still trying to plan something special for Valentine’s Day, your options may be slim, but you are not completely out of luck.

For those who haven’t gotten around to it, or if by reading this story you just realized Valentine’s Day is in just two weeks, here are a few suggestions if you plan on dinning out:

* Don’t fret on trying to make a reservation; not all restaurants in town take reservations — such as Bisetti’s and Cia Vino.

If you are going to try this route, try to show up early, around 4 p.m. – remember, you are not the only person with this idea.

How long can you plan to wait for a table?

“It’s tough to say,” said Raffi Jergerian, assistant manager at Ciao Vino. “At around 8 p.m., we start getting busy.” Before 8 p.m., expect a 10 – 15 minute wait said Jergerian. Remember, wait times will vary with restaurants.

Also, some restaurants keep some tables open for walk-ins, so you might get lucky and not look like a schmuck for not planning ahead. Keep in mind that there is no guarantee you will be seated, so just in case, have a backup plan in mind, e.g. – dinner at home.

* If you are not willing to take the chance of dining without a reservation, try making reservations earlier or later than normal. Peak hours for most restaurants are between 6 and 9 p.m. One restaurant I called still had open tables for 4 p.m. seating. So try making them for around 4 p.m. before the rush or around 9 p.m. or later.

Depending on the restaurant, most book up weeks before the big day.

“Usually restaurants of our caliber are booked fairy early,” said owner Nico Zentveld of Nico’s Catacombs. “We have been here for 30 years, and have developed strong support for those (kind of days).”

* Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. When looking for a place to dine, see who is having specials. Nico’s Catacombs is offering a filet mignon meal for two including a shrimp appetizer, crap salad and dessert for $55. Moot House is offering, for $34.95 a person, a dinner with a seafood appetizer, a choice of a main dish including rack of lamb, herbed tuna, duck, lobster or prime rib, and dessert to share.

Call restaurants for details.

* If worse comes to worst, plan for a Saturday dinner. Some restaurants are carrying their specials they had for Valentine’s over to Saturday. It might not be Valentine’s Day, but the thought will still be there, and that is all that counts – right, ladies?

Numbers to call for reservations and more information:

* Bisetti’s 493-0086

* Nico’s Catacombs 482-6426

* Ciao Vino 484-8466

* Moot House 226-2121

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Rams hope to change fortunes on the road

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Jason Graziadei

Home is where the heart is, and for the CSU men’s basketball team, it’s the only place where it has won a game this season.

The Rams currently are the owners of a 13-5 overall record, but four of those five losses have all come on the road. And with seven of the Rams’ last 11 games on the road this season, both the coaches and the players will have to find a way to remedy the road woes.

“We’ve got to turn our attention to the road games where we’ve struggled a little bit,” head coach Dale Layer said during his weekly radio show. “We’ve played tough teams on the road, but I think we haven’t done enough little things. We’ve played a little fast and we’ve been a little careless with the ball, and you can’t do those things on the road.”

However, as Layer mentioned, the Rams have had their fair share of difficult road opponents. Of the four teams they have lost to on the road, both Southern Illinois and Purdue are undefeated on their home courts. The other two teams, Colorado and Arkansas-Little Rock, have only one loss against visiting teams.

The Rams next two games both come on the road, against San Diego State on Saturday and UNLV on Monday, two teams with a combined 3-5 conference record so far.

“We know we haven’t won on the road yet, so we’re going to have to go out there with our game faces on,” Rams’ center Matt Nelson said in an interview with KIIX 1410 AM.

After last Saturday’s disappointing two-point loss to Border rival Wyoming, many of the Rams’ players weren’t satisfied with coming up short, but realized that they had many opportunities to win the ball game.

“If Wyoming is supposed to be one of the top teams in our league, well, we’re right there with them,” assistant coach Bill Peterson said. “None of our kids, or us, have been in an atmosphere like that. There’s going to be a time in the near future where will be winning those games.”

The Wyoming game drew 8,745 fans to Moby Arena, making it the first sellout since the 1998-99 season when CSU defeated Colorado in the second-round of the NIT Tournament. And while Layer said he enjoyed the crowd’s enthusiasm, he hopes the Rams will receive similar support for the rest of their home games.

“We have an entertaining team, and hopefully the fans respond to that,” Layer said. “I think we’ve earned some respect and we have growing support.”

Fans can only do so much for the Rams at Moby. CSU only needs to handle itself on the road to keep them showing up.

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CSU track looks forward to Wyoming meet

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

It’s one meet down and four to go for the Rams of CSU men’s and women’s track and field teams.

The teams’ travel to Laramie, Wyo., this weekend to compete in Saturday’s Robert Shine Invitational.

The Rams will be looking repeat last weekend’s success when, at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs, both teams won the meet with 109 points for the men and 183 for the women.

Leading the way for the Rams in that victory was junior thrower Loree Smith, who was named the Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week.

At Air Force, Smith won both the shot put and the weight throw events, qualifying for provisionally for the NCAA Indoor Championship meet in both events.

Smith threw a personal best 53-5 in the shot put, missing former Ram Liz Toman’s record of 53-8 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches while recording a toss of 63-2 1/4 in the weight throw.

“Loree is coming off an all-conference outdoor season and she has worked hard this off season to improve on last year,” said throws coach Brian Bedard.

Though 109 points was enough for the men’s team to win in Air Force, head coach Del Hessel said there are still several areas they could improve.

“We had two jumpers jump over seven feet at our intrasquad meet,” he said. “(At Air Force) we had one guy no height and even though Jacob (Benson) won, it was not his best meet. You hate to lose points like that.”

Hessel quickly added, however, that he is not overly concerned with team’s performance and believes it is heading in the right direction.

For the women the challenge will be improving upon a meet in which they outscored second place Wyoming by 92 points (183-71).

“We are really coming together,” said junior Katie Yemm, who is coming off an all-American 2002 outdoor season. “People are taking care of themselves and we’re working hard.”

The team will again look to Smith, senior Hannah Metzler and company to garner points in the field events, while sophomores Katrice Thomas (400 meters) and Becky Hammit (800 meters) take care of business on the track.

In the distance events, seniors Meg Larson and Jen Kintzley said they are prepared for the competition in Wyoming.

“I feel great,” Larson said after winning the 5,000-meter run at Air Force. “I have nothing to complain about.”

For the men, the majority of the team’s points should come from jumpers Benson and Tim Merz, throwers Jeremy Graff and Drew Loftin and pole vaulter Josh Horak in the field events.

On the track the Rams expect senior Brian Williams and a dinged Tom Waido to get some points in the hurdles while Joey Alzola, Paul Michel, Chris Clarke and Ben Marvin hope to add some support in the middle distance events.

The Rams’ biggest force on the track, however, should come from a solid distance team of Ammon Larsen; Dylan Olchin; Austin Vigil; Raegan Robb; Paul DiGrappa; Jason Galus; Josh Glaab and Matt Cianciulli, each of whom scored points for the Rams at the Air Force Invitational.

With so many weapons, there is no reason the Rams shouldn’t win Saturday’s meet just as they did at Air Force, Horak said.

“We are excited for what’s to come the next couple of meets leading up to conference,” he said. “I have no doubt we can win.”

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