CSU’s swimming golden girl

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

Two-time NCAA Finals invitee. Three-time Mountain West Conference Female Swimmer of the Week. Two-time member of the MWC all-academic team. A member of the 2002 all-conference team.

But that is just the beginning of Kristen Schneider’s resume. Oh, there is one more thing; she’s only a junior. Just imagine the possibilities.

The native Canadian was born in Regina, Saskatowa, where she has been swimming since she was five. She traveled all around the country competing from the age of 12 on. Forced to join a club team because her high school did not have a swimming team, she got to travel even more.

When it came time to graduate, she had to pick a university that could further her talent.

“I wanted to come to the States for the great team atmosphere. I came to CSU because of John (Mattos, head coach),” Schneider said. “He really knows what he is doing.”

Her freshman year was a little different than most swimmers’. After turning heads all season, she got her chance to prove herself at the MWC Championships. There she won the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, qualifying for the NCAA Finals. Her time of 54.88 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke is still the fastest time the conference has seen in championships.

At the NCAAs, Schneider placed 24th in the 100-yard backstroke and 26th in the 200-yard backstroke. The times failed to make the final cut, but were still quite unusual coming from a freshman. Later that year, she received a spot on the 2001 MWC all-academic team.

“My biggest accomplishment at CSU so far was making the NCAA cut my freshman year,” Schneider said.

The year 2002 only brought more success. She was named MWC Female Swimmer of the Week, and set a new school record in the 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 2 minutes, 3.08 seconds. At the MWC Championships she again won the 100-yard backstroke and then qualified for the NCAA Finals in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard IM.

At the finals, she placed 39th in the 200 IM, 36th in the 200 backstroke, and 35th in the 100 backstroke, but once again did not advance to finals.

Schneider then made the 2002 all-conference team in the 200 IM, the 100 and 200 backstroke, the 200 medley relay, and the 400 free-relay.

Then there is this season. Schneider has already won more than 15 individual events, been named Mountain West Swimmer of the Week twice, and holds four records for CSU’s fastest season times. She still has one more dual meet to compete in and then she will once again be tested at the MWC Championships in Oklahoma City in February.

The Ram swim team has come to rely on Schneider as a clutch swimmer.

“She fits the profile of the go-to athlete on the team,” Mattos said. “If she keeps going at the rate, I don’t see any reason why she shouldn’t be able to accomplish her goals.”

Some of her goals, according to Mattos, would be finalizing in the NCAA finals and someday being at the level of Canadian Olympians. Schneider, who normally keeps her accomplishments to herself, did express one goal.

“My goal is to be an All-American. Hopefully this year and next,” Schneider said.

There is no telling what the future might hold for Kristen Schneider. More broken records? NCAA finalist times? Who knows, but this girl sure can swim.

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Some Questions to Ponder

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Jan 292003
 
Authors:

To the Editor:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a lot of questions lately about the state of affairs in this world, such as . . . If we have the greatest military intelligence in the world, how come we can’t find a 6-foot-5-inch kidney-diseased Saudi on horseback?

If the burden of proof rests with Saddam Hussein does that mean he’s guilty until proven innocent? Does Dick Cheney really exist? Is there any greater enemy to public education than the Republican Party?

Has anyone considered the possibility that George W’s near-death experience with a pretzel was a terrorist attack? Isn’t the Homeland Security Agency a perfect example of “Big Government”? If I’m “good with people” but have no experience in business or technology, does that mean I’m qualified to be the CEO of a major corporation like Microsoft?

If we are going after the countries that harbor terrorists, shouldn’t we be bombing Florida, where many of them lived and trained for years? Is it merely coincidence that George W. looks so much like a chimpanzee?

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck after the president’s proposed tax cut for the wealthy? Did we forget that Reaganomics doesn’t work?

Why is it so hard for people to accept that bad things happen to good people in Fort Collins?

If Marc Holtzman is a multi-millionaire fundraiser and can afford to work for a salary of $1 a year, why does he need to be president of CSU? If Marc Holtzman wants to help CSU, why doesn’t he just give us a few million dollars? Who died and made Bill Owens Emperor of Colorado?

And finally . . . if you could do one thing today to make the world a better place, what would that be?

Steven Church

Academic Adviser at the College of Liberal Arts.

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Governor’s motivation questionable in president controversy

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: the Collegian Editorial Board

The Collegian, and many students and professors, wonder what Bill Owens was thinking when he endorsed Marc Holtzman for CSU’s next president.

Politically, this doesn’t seem to exactly help the governor. Many people are outraged about Owens’ actions and think of him as an edict-issuing monarch, and a person who seems bent on hurting CSU. That isn’t really good for him if he ever wants a job after he leaves as governor.

Can’t you hear the political ads? “Bill Owens wants to be your senator. He wants you to forget about the fact that he forced an unqualified candidate to become CSU’s president. And he called himself the education governor. (Cue sad music in background.) Call Bill Owens. Tell him you don’t want his education-hating agenda in Washington.”

So why would he do this? What would he have to gain?

Well, he told Mike Rosen, a radio host on KOA, that there aren’t enough Republican political science professors and that there is a liberal bias among the teaching rank-and-file.

He said Holtzman would be a good choice to remedy this because he is very Republican and very conservative and would hold the highest office over the state’s flagship university.

Also, Owens’ daughter is a student at CSU. Is that motivation? Maybe, maybe not.

“(If that is the case), he should send his daughter to a small religious school in Alabama,” said Robert Lawrence, a self-professed liberal professor in the political science department.

All this begs the question: are Owens’ claims true? And if so, does it matter?

Studies have shown people with college degrees are more likely to be Democrats. So to start with, you’re faced with a likely bias and it’s safe to assume most of our professors have college degrees.

Further, so what if our professors are Democrats? Should women not teach because they might instill feminist ideals? Or how about an animal rights activist? Our professors are (usually) not machines, so they all have biases, political or otherwise, that they probably pass on to students. Does that mean we accept them? We’re supposed to be learning critical thinking here, and what better way to do that than to have our beliefs challenged by people who disagree with us, as the case may be? As long as a professor does his or her best job at presenting all points of view, then there is no problem.

So we don’t know if Owens is correct or not, but it really doesn’t matter.

One of the great things about CSU, and universities in general, is that everyone is here searching for knowledge and truth. To get to that, it usually takes debate and careful consideration of all ideas.

Owens said Marc Holtzman would be an asset to CSU because he would bring a different set of ideas to the table. Maybe that is true. But he is not qualified to run CSU and his political affiliation should have nothing to do with whether he is the best candidate.

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Guest Column: Behind the lies about Iraq

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Kevin Robert Gurney

This past weekend I was brought back from a point of despair. Despair over what appeared to be a general complacency towards the daily updates of war preparations that have been prominent in every mainstream media headline.

I was pulled back by the realization that there are a lot of people, of different political and socioeconomic backgrounds, unwilling to remain silent about the current U.S. strategy of war on Iraq. From D.C. to San Francisco, to right here in Fort Collins, it became clear that those of us who consider war the wrong answer are not alone.

Part of this may be the obvious hypocrisy inherent in the Bush administration’s treatment of North Korea, a brutal regime known to have weapons of mass destruction. Compared to the offer of talks and aid, the attack on Iraq has brought many to see that the Bush strategy has little to do with concern over weapons of mass destruction (of which the available evidence remains slim) or links to Osama bin Laden (no link) or to human rights concerns (we knew about those when he we supported Saddam’s invasion of Iran in 1980). Many are beginning to see that the official justification for war is a ruse to garner public support.

The primary motivation is not new and has to do with the need to control and protect our “vital interests” as was made clear in a 1998 letter to then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Senator Lott from a group comprised of, among others, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz (now Rumsfeld’s deputy at the Pentagon), and Armitrage (now Powell’s deputy at State). In that letter they stated: “We should establish and maintain a strong U.S. military presence in the region, and be prepared to use that force to protect our vital interests in the Gulf-and, if necessary, to help remove Saddam from power.”

The “vital interest” is oil. That’s right, the food of our Victorian energy system whose waste material is the primary contributor to global warming.

The need to control Middle East oil is growing more critical. Recent estimates from the Department of Energy claim that by 2025, roughly two-thirds of U.S. oil may be imported. Next to Saudi Arabia, Iraq has the largest oil reserves in the world. Control of oil is the justification for what will surely be large numbers of innocent civilian deaths when fighting enters populated centers, as we are told it likely will.

Some suggest that it is na/ve to expect that anything short of war will protect us from terror launched by Saddam Hussein. However, true na/vete is evidenced by expecting a war not to further fuel the already growing hatred towards our country in that part of the world resulting in greater terrorism rather than less.

Kevin Gurney is a research associate in the Department of Atmospheric

Science and a Ph.D candidate in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

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What’s wrong with being idealistic?

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: David Schneider

I don’t know, maybe I just have lived a sheltered life or something.

It just seems to me that no one these days remembers what it’s like to have dreams. I’m not talking about those dreams where you are giving a speech and you happened to be in your birthday suit. I mean do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a kid? A fire fighter, a doctor, or what ever else it was, the world was your oyster and you could do anything.

What ever happened to being so full of hope and ideas? Where did the optimistic ideas of youth go? Were they left behind when you went off to college? Because I really am beginning to think I am the last remaining person on this campus, and maybe even in this generation, who still believes I can accomplish anything if I just set my mind to it.

Everyone else seems to be walking around in this depressed funk where the simple joys in life and big hopes and ideals are sucked right down the toilet. What is the deal with that? Just because you grow up, doesn’t mean that you have to grow old.

Sure things get a little more complicated in life, but don’t let go of that little kid inside of each of you.

We all can learn something from the movies and old television shows, like “Leave it to Beaver”. Those great ideals that always were proved to be true at the end of the story, such as good always defeats evil, love can overcome anything, and hard work always pays off, whatever it is it ends up with a happy ending and gives us hope for what can and most times should happen in real life. I guess the only one is still have trouble believing is that nice guys don’t finish last, but that is a whole other story.

By no means am I saying you should stop working or paying bills; that’s just lunacy. But there is a point where you stop working to live and start living to work. Now who really wants that? But like Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith, says in “Amazing,” “Life’s a journey, not a destination.” Those, if any, are words to live by.

So, if you want fame and fortune, then get it doing something that you love. Not everything in life has to be about working and just getting by to the next day of the same exact thing. Come on, live a little, it’s not like you get another chance to go through life. If you want to do something of worth, than keep in mind that one person can make a difference. With everything that is going on today, like the situation with Iraq, the horrendous economy, and terrorism, it just takes one motivated person and some ambition and nothing is entirely impossible to accomplish. Stop sitting there and waiting for good things to just happen and make them happen, but never lose the hope that things will work out all for the best.

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Fraternity rushees look for friendship

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Monique Lewis

As young male prospective members walked through the food court Monday to check out the fraternities, Tim Ulrich, vice president recruiter for the Inter-Fraternity Council, handed out recruitment schedules for the week.

“Most men in the spring probably have a good idea which chapter they want to join. The men have had a chance to get to know friends in the chapter for four to five months,” Ulrich said. “We’re really trying to get the word out for rushees. I think people don’t think it’s as important in the spring. (Today), men will only visit one to two where as in the fall their exposed to more.”

Ulrich said he is trying to make it as simple as possible for the chapters involved and the men trying to join. The tabling on Monday was set up to make the process more personal and less intimidating so that the Greek community can attract more members.

“I’m trying to put greater emphasis on the community. We need to change the attitude to join a community,” Ulrich said.

Phi Delta Theta, Delta Chi and Pi Kappa Phi were a few of the several fraternities that planned activities with the recruits throughout the week to acquaint themselves better and make the men feel more comfortable around them.

Phi Delta Theta

“Our house is so diverse compared to every other house,” said Josh Gruho, member of Phi Delta Theta. “It’s not like a stereotypical frat you see on TV.”

They take pride in having members who are from all over the country.

“We’re located in the community, so we have to be more community-minded and very respectful around our neighbors. We try to sell on friendship, brotherhood and academic standing,” said Wylie Nelson, former vice president of the fraternity.

Among those attributes, Nelson said that their house is a dry house, meaning that no alcohol is allowed. Nelson said that helps their place look a little nicer.

They were able to persuade Chris Skagen, freshman and natural resources management major, to rush for their organization. He was among 18 rushees that attended the fraternity’s dinner at Woody’s Pizza on Tuesday.

“I always heard it was a great group to get involved with. I just wanted to check it out,” Skagen said.

Delta Chi

“We’re a smaller fraternity, which allows for more leadership opportunities,” said James Doe, president of Delta Chi. “We’re interested in guys who can better the group,” Doe said.

Delta Chi is a colony and currently has15 members that they said gives new members a chance to get their name on the actual charter document. To become an official greek fraternity or sorority the organization must have 30 members.

“One of the main reasons I got into it was to establish the tradition, rather than follow it,” said Ryan Benassi, social chair for the colony.

Delta Chi treated their rushees to rock climbing at The Gym of the Rockies.

Pi Kappa Phi

“They’re great guys,” said Jacob Longwell, sophomore psychology major. Longwell enjoyed playing pool and socializing with the fraternities at CB & Potts Clubhouse on Tuesday. This will be the only group he rushes for because he got to know a couple of the members last semester.

“They’ve always been really nice. They all get along and there’s camaraderie,” he said. “Fraternities are great; it’s more than just friendship. It’s a good networking system to help you out.”

The Office of Greek Life will distribute bids for all chapters this Friday, between noon and 5:00 p.m.

Summary: Many rushees pretty much know which fraternity they want to join because they got to know them in the fall. They join because of friendship and opportunities after graduation such as finding a job. Fraternities are searching for guys who can help better the fraternity.

Fraternity events for Thursday

Tau Kappa Epsilon

Tacos & Wings @ Washington’s

meet @ TKE house-5:30 p.m.

Pi Kappa Alpha

Wings @ Jim’s Wings-6:00 p.m.

Phi Kappa Tau

Food & Pool @ CB & Potts Clubhouse-6:00 p.m.

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Pizza & Pool @ Christopher’s Pizza-6:30 p.m.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Ave’s Game & Food @ SAE house-7:00 p.m.

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CSU researchers offer hope to type 2 diabetics

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Bryce Chapman

Innovative research by CSU biochemists has brought a cure to the fifth most fatal disease in the United States closer to reality.

Researchers have long speculated that an excessive saturated fat diet, along with a sedentary lifestyle, contributes greatly to type 2 diabetes.

However, years of such speculation may now be replaced by certainty, thanks in part to a study performed by CSU researchers.

Type 2 diabetes is caused when the body either does not produce enough of a hormone called insulin, which is used to convert sugar and starches into energy, or when cells ignore the insulin. The ailment affects approximately 16 million Americans, 5.9 percent of the U.S. population.

The team of 12 identified a single fat byproduct known as ceramide to play a large role in cells becoming resistant to insulin.

“This study showed that when we used drugs to block ceramide it could allow insulin to effectively work,” said Scott Summers, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and principal investigator of the study.

As nearly 80 percent of type 2 diabetics are obese, this finding gives credible evidence to the notion that a prolonged fatty diet does contribute to the disease.

Once specific fats are released into the bloodstream they are converted into ceramide, Summers explained.

However, many times excessive amounts of ceramide accumulate after the specific fats are released, mainly after a fatty saturated meal has been consumed.

Although the study’s results are encouraging, further research is needed before the findings are conclusive.

“These findings were obtained at the molecular levels in tissue culture cells,” said Jose Antonio Chavez, doctoral candidate on Summers’ research team and lead author of the studies results. The study is expected to be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry in April.

The team has now begun the next stage of research: studying the effects of excessive ceramide in diabetic rodents.

If the results remain consistent in living species, significant improvements in type 2 diabetics’ lives could be in store.

“If the same for ceramide is proven in rodent models, we can then begin developing medications or forms of gene therapy to prevent ceramide accumulation in tissue cells and potentially eliminate the need for many diabetics to take insulin,” Summers said in a press release.

Long-time diabetics welcome the prospect of this possibility.

“For years doctors could only treat the symptoms, but this sounds like they will be able to treat the disease,” said Arlene Moore, a type 2 diabetic from Windsor. “It is so exciting; we’re finally going in the right direction.”

Moore has been forced to inject insulin three times a day for the last 20 years.

Once considered a disease diagnosed in mid-to-late life, cases of type 2 diabetes in young adults have rapidly increased.

In some countries, an increasingly less active society and unhealthy eating habits have made type 2 diabetes more prevalent in teenagers than type 1 diabetes, a disease formerly known as juvenile diabetes, Summers said.

Although the United States has not yet surpassed that threshold, up to 45 percent of all new children diabetics are type 2, according to the American Diabetes Association’s website.

The team’s findings could allow physicians to treat young adults with the disease early in life before irreversible symptoms begin.

“I can’t believe this disease has begun to effect people younger than me,” said Breezy Lens, a senior apparel and merchandising major. “Effective research is long overdue.”

Although many aspects of this disease remain a mystery, researchers are hopeful that someday type 2 diabetes will no longer exist.

“A lot of people are trying to make a cure a reality,” Summers said. “I am optimistic and hopeful.”

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Day care alternatives provide reassurance to parents

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Nicole Davis

Since the 1970s, an increasing number of women have been deviating from the role of homemaker and entering the work force, resulting in modern families in which both parents are bringing home the bacon.

These parents look to a third party to care for their children while they are at work. However, some of the conventional day care system’s downsides, such as a lack of personal attention and the inconvenience of transportation, have left them searching for alternatives.

Valorie Santino, a mother of two, has chosen to keep her children out of day care because of the guilt that goes along with leaving her kids in a stranger’s hands. Instead, her son William, 3, and daughter Michaela, 11 months, stay at home with Santino’s parents while she and her husband are at work.

“I don’t have any of that guilt about leaving them because I know without a doubt that they are in a very consistent and healthy environment,” she said. “They take naps in their own beds and play with their own toys.”

However, there are many advantages to day care, said Wendy Anderson, director of the Seven Oaks Academy East School. She said day-care attendees have opportunities for socialization and exposure to many new experiences.

“The children really get the good end of the stick,” she said. “They are being exposed to all kinds of new things. I think it is really exciting for them to be with people their own age.”

Santino admits that her children have not been exposed to other children like they would in a day care setting, but she does not feel this has affected them negatively.

“If they were at day care they would be exposed to every sniff and snuffle,” she said. “Daycare is a petri-dish. Everything grows there.”

The October arrest of a former CSU student, Jan Elijah Rogers, has also raised concerns about children’s safety in the day-care system. Rogers was charged with 12 local counts of unlawful sexual contact and sexual assault on a minor at the University Children’s Center, a CSU-affiliated day-care center.

Gurney Taylor, a former CSU student who has worked in the day care system for the past four years said he does not think the Rogers incident should change parents’ opinions of day care.

“Sometimes there is a hesitancy to accept a male working in day care, and people like (Rogers) don’t help the situation,” he said. “But there are certain things that a guy can offer while still giving the children love and compassion.”

Nonetheless, parents may be wary of putting their children in the hands of people they do not know very well, whether they are male or female.

Having a relative care for children is one of the cheaper alternatives and offers parents the comfort of knowing their caregiver personally, but it may not be a viable option for parents without family nearby.

Babysitting and nannying services, although more expensive, are available in most areas. These services allow parents to have their children raised in the familiarity of their own home with someone they know fairly well.

Kathleen Duff and her husband each work 40 to 45 hours a week. Although their hours do not overlap much they still require a babysitter for about 15 hours each week to look after their three children.

“This way I don’t have to worry about transporting them to daycare and back,” she said. “They can have their own toys and play with other kids in the neighborhood. I think this is much safer.”

More organized alternatives such as baby-sitting cooperatives are also an option to parents in many areas.

A baby-sitting co-op is an organization of parents in a general locale. These parents take turns watching each other’s children on different days during working hours. Parents generally baby-sit about one day a month, leaving the rest of the month free for work, according to Jane Filstrup in her book, “Monday through Friday: Daycare Alternatives.”

Baby-sitting co-ops are a much less expensive alternative for parents because they pay for their children’s baby-sitting by caring for other neighborhood children. This system provides parents ease of mind because the caregivers are neighbors, and it also gives children the opportunity to socially interact, Filstrup said in her book.

Co-ops are not available in all neighborhoods, but can be formed fairly easily.

One option that parents often rule out is having a stay-at-home parent. While spending must certainly be adjusted to fit one income, it is very possible to survive happily on one income, said Christine Davidson in her book, “Staying at Home Instead: Alternatives to the Two-Paycheck Family”

“There are millions of women today who have recognized…that work outside the home away from their children is not necessarily the road to freedom,” she said in her book. “They are seeing that success can be measured in the emotional luxuries a woman has as well as the material ones.”

And this option is not only open to women, Davidson said. More and more men are choosing to stay at home with their children while their wives go off to work.

Davidson said that the key to making it on one income is to make a clear financial assessment and cut corners wherever possible, especially in areas such as energy, clothes and diapers.

Whatever option parents choose, Anderson said quality is the most important aspect of child care.

“Child care is part of reality with two working parents,” she said. “The best they can do is find good quality services for their child.”

Duff agreed and said that she is not a critic of daycare, and feels that most parents do what is best for their particular situation.

“You have to match your child’s needs, not just the needs of your job,” she said. “Some kids do better in different settings, and most parents are definitely doing the best they can.”

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CSU cuts jobs, positions in response to budget shortfall

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Jan 292003
 
Authors: Laura Standley

As Colorado’s budget crisis continues to loom, CSU has taken action to meet Gov. Bill Owens’ budget cut requirements for the next fiscal year.

More than $14 million has already been cut from CSU’s budget and there is no guarantee on whether or not CSU will have to cut even more.

Beginning July 1, at the start of the upcoming fiscal year, CSU will not fill 50 vacant faculty positions; however, these positions have not been eliminated. Seventy-five administrative positions will be eliminated, including 45 vacant positions and 30 currently filled positions. Each department determines which jobs will be frozen or eliminated. They are chosen based upon each department’s individual needs, according to Keith Ickes, the director of Budgets and Institutional Analysis at CSU. Ickes also said each department will have to meet the same reduction amount.

These reductions will create about $5.4 million to meet state budget expectations, according to the University Relations Department in a prepared statement.

Continuing CSU’s level of academics and how long a faculty member has been with the university are determining factors in what positions or classes are frozen or cut.

The faculty position freezes will directly effect the size of incoming freshmen classes. CSU will not be able to support the same number of students if the state is unable to provide funding, Ickes said.

Though class availability will also be impacted, Ickes said core curriculum courses will stay relatively available. The availability of these classes remains emphasized because each student needs them for graduation, he said.

Instructors teaching core courses exclusively have more job security.

“For me, I’m a part-time lecturer…teaching core courses, there’s really not going to be much of a change,” said Rob Corkran, a graduate student lecturer. However, Corkran is concerned with the overall welfare of the university.

“I hope there is an opportunity for them to cut costs on printing-my courses are all online,” he said. Corkran said in his classes, students do most of their work on WebCT including quizzes, tests, assignments and discussions. He said this way, he eliminates the costs of Scantron answer sheets altogether.

However, Corkran said he realizes the inherent costs of running WebCT.

“But those costs will be there whether or not I use (WebCT),” he said.

For instructors whose positions are not secured, there is reason to worry.

“I’m concerned as an adjunct-hired semester by semester-I might lose my job,” said Javier Gonzalez, an instructor of foreign language.

Gonzalez said he is also concerned are also with the Republican-dominated state legislature. He said to them, one instructor might seem expendable but he said he teaches hundreds of students each semester. Gonzalez said a large number of adjunct instructors made up CSU’s College of Liberal Arts staff last semester.

Gonzalez emphasized the drop in administrative support will undercut CSU at its foundation.

“It’ll stress out the unsung heroes of the university-the administrative end,” he said. Every part of the process of keeping a university rolling smoothly is important, he said.

ASCSU President David Bower said students in campus organizations have little need to worry about their programs being cut as of yet.

“One of the advantages (for student organizations) is student fees won’t be affected; for right now, they will continue at the same strength,” Bower said. He said a major concern for students is whether or not CSU will continue to have enough teachers to maintain the current standard CSU has in academics.

CSU students are worried about the impact the budget will have on their education.

“The budget cut, as of right now, we haven’t seen too much of an effect but our professors are going to suffer which will lead to the suffering of our learning abilities,” said Kenneth Tremblay, a junior Asian international studies major. “I actually had to buy my handouts this semester,” he said.

Tremblay is not the only student worried about how the budget cuts will affect his personal budget.

“I’m worried about class availability,” said David Kraemer, a junior sports medicine major. He said class availability is already a problem for him.

“Cutting classes delays graduation and I already pay out-of-state tuition. On top of that, if I can’t graduate on time, I’ll have to pay living expenses even longer,” Kraemer said.

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What will we do on Sundays?

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Jan 282003
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

So the Raiders finally fell. Obviously no team in the AFC was up to the challenge of stopping Oakland’s offense, but Tampa Bay sure was.

So really all it took was one of the best defenses the NFL has ever seen, but they got the job done.

My new favorite person is Simeon Rice, who sacked Rich Gannon twice and scared him more than all those crazy members of the “Raider Nation” scare me.

Although the game was a little slow at the beginning, it turned out to be a pretty good game. The only thing I would change is the MVP. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Dexter Jackson had a terrific game, but the MVP should have gone to Gannon – for the Buccaneers. He threw five picks, three of which were returned for touchdowns. That is one more touchdown pass than he threw to his team. I really don’t think the Buccaneers could have won without him.

Then there were the commercials. I thought they were pretty funny. Joe Montana lost a Super Bowl ring, but still has three more than Tim Brown or Gannon will ever have; there are almost more sequels coming out than Oakland had yards in the first half; and now there are severe consequences for messing up those TPS reports.

According to an online USA Today poll, the fan favorite is the new position of office linebacker brought to you by Reebok. Coming in at a close second is the Budweiser Clydesdales. They cannot even play a game without the referees making mistakes.

Taking last place was the Levi’s stampede commercial, followed by Jared from Subway having a dream. Will this guy ever go away?

So all in all, it was a good Sunday. Then next Sunday, the Pro Bowl will finish off the NFL season. It will be hard to tune in to watch the game that has the least Broncos in a long time, with Trevor Pryce being the lone representative due to Al Wilson’s injury.

So then what are we supposed to do on Sundays?

The answer is simple. Starting in February, the CSU rugby team will be kicking off its season. Feb. 16 marks the home opener for the rugby team against the Colorado School of Mines. Continuing through April, the team will have other home games against Wyoming and Northern Colorado.

Why watch a butch of guys running around in helmets and pads, when you can watch a rugby game with guys tackling each other with a mouth guard as their only protection?

The Rams are expected to have a very exciting season filled with hard hits, strong runs, and another chance to beat UNC in what has become a very important rivalry.

Football will be back next season, why not make rugby part of the off-season?

Joelle Milholm is a sophomore journalism major.

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