Strategic choices in burrito implementation

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Feb 272003
Authors: JR Peacock

Hello, my name is J.R. and I enjoy eating cheap, good food. Since I have lived in the Fort (around 4 years) I feel like I have been exposed to one of the greatest inventions in eating strategery: burritos. Call me insane (or fat) but I love the damn things and cannot stop eating them. But where should you buy your burritos? I will give you insight into this dilemma by utilizing a three tier ranking system.

Tier one, will of course be the best burritos and tier three, well, it’s just lower. Now, remember I cannot cover every place in this town which sells burritos, instead I chose a couple of places in which you, the college consumer, are most likely to eat at: Qdoba, Chipotle, La Luz and Big City Burrito. Also, remember I am not commenting on location or decoration, but instead sheer bang for the buck. We will start with the bottom of the ladder.

Tier Three (Good stuff, but haven’t had it recently): Q-Doba

Qdoba – When I was young and an immature burrito eater I used to swear by these (Qdoba Burritos). I would usually get the Poblano Pesto chicken with beans, rice, cheese, guacamole and sour cream. Tastes great, but after a while I noticed something which was not cool: grease. This = bad.

Burritos aren’t healthy (the way I eat them) and seeing a pile of grease at the bottom of the respected holding device just wasn’t going to work. Aside from this I just haven’t been moved since being introduced to higher-level burrito eating experiences. I mean why eat greasy food when we can have non-greasy food? Agreed? Exactly.

Remember I am not vouching for their other food here, purely burritos (’cause their nachos are quite exquisite when I have had a good ordeal of cold beverages).

Tier Two (Great burritos that I still eat a lot): Chipotle and Big City

Chipotle – A relatively new place in town for burrito festivities. Turns out it’s pretty damn good. Usually I am feasting on some sort of chicken with fajita toppings and all the usual side ornaments. Great stuff. I am satisfied every single time I go here. Plus we get free drinks for being students. Cool.

However, Chipotle has failed to make it any further in the burrito hierarchy because of the lack of choices. I know their slogan says something about hundreds of ways to make a burrito, but it comes down to just steak, chicken, pork and shredded beef. Which is more than adequate, but you will see there is more in life. Still a great burrito though, highly recommended for all you freshman folk who got screwed on that whole being able to drive thing.

Big City Burrito – A legend in burritos? Yes indeed. When I used to live in the dorms I had an RA who would swear by these burritos, so I went a couple of times. I had fun, you know, it was like when you used to walk to parties from the dorm, there was always a ton of people, but where was what we saw on Animal House? But then the mother load hit. Destiny finally introduced me to the potato burrito.

Freshman life had hit a peak. This was what it was all about. I could not get enough, and I still eat the damn’ things quite frequently. Potato burrito, sounds odd, but just try it. I get the pesto burrito shell, with onions and cheese, ranch (crucial), sour cream, corn and hot salsa; and when I am living life on the edge, guacamole. Never misunderestimate the power of guacamole. I have been promoting these things nation wide for the past couple of years and they now have a cult like following. Oh yes they are that good. Big City stalled out at tier two though because sometimes when I order I feel as if there could be something in my food. Now I am not putting it down, because I love the place to death, but sometimes I wonder how they passed their health inspections.

Tier One (These are the best burritos): La Luz

La Luz – Does it get any better than this? No it does not. This is it people. This is what burritoing is all about. It is unbelievably delicious, authentic and has a huge amount of choices. I mean I can go here order any burrito and be content because it will be great. Plus, I know I am eating fresh food that wasn’t soaking in a vat of grease. They have chicken, steak, pork, fish and shrimp. Who ever heard of a fish burrito?

Exactly, welcome to the big leagues people. I have tried everything here and it is all good. You hungry? Try the atomic burrito? Feeling exotic? Try the fish fajita burrito. Feeling conservative? Try the chicken fajita burrito. What’s a burrito without condiments? Which is another reason why La Luz just owns life, they have all home made salsas and they are awesome (great with chips too). I always leave La Luz feeling like I have just eaten the best burrito in town. Plus they have amazing other food, but that’s another article. Check them out next to Rasta Pasta and Silver Grille in Old Town.

So with that, I leave you with my completely biased opinion on local burrito life. I know I am opinionated, but hey shouldn’t we all be when we are spending a large sum of $5 on dinner? So go out and eat a burrito. Comments or restaurant suggestions? Send them to

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Finch’s debut not a typical punk album

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Feb 272003
Authors: Michael Dickey

I followed Nate Barcalow, lead singer of Finch, into the front entrance of the Ogden theatre before being stopped by several awestruck fans. Barcalow signed everything that was put in front of him and said nothing, just smiled timidly behind his lowered baseball cap. This was not the loud, in your face, punk lead man that I had been expecting.

Finch has released their debut album, “What It Is Burn,” and it is not what you are expecting from a typical punk band. “We never write a song with the intention of it sounding a certain way, we just write and if it sounds good then we use it.” However, I found this to be a modest response from the singer. “What it is to burn” holds a lot of sonic variety compared to many of Finch’s counter parts in the punk scene. This diversity in sound from Finch attracts many non- traditional punk fans.

Barcalow described the beginnings of Finch as having slower and depressing songs until the addition of guitarist Randy Strohmeyer. The band then made a mutual decision to “pep things up a bit” pushing them into more of a punk genre. After signing with Drive -Thru Records, Finch brought their music to the Warp Tour giving punk fans something new to be excited about. Barcalow described their experience on the tour as an amazing break for the band but at times draining, “You don’t shower for a long time and you go for days with out going to the bathroom, but now I look back and I see video footage it makes me happy”.

With the success of the their single “Letters To You” major recording label MCA has started to become active with the band, despite the reluctance of Finch’s lead man “Majors are so scary,” Barcalow said. “I feel uncomfortable being on a huge bus.” “The whole business end of music is a dark side, I try not to pay attention to it.”

Despite Finch’s weariness of touring under a major label it has brought their already energetic live show to a new level. As the show began it was refreshing to see, but not surprising from Finch, a punk show with emphasis on stage design.

The band took the stage in front of the backdrop of two illuminated red logo banners and pounded through several songs with pause only to allow the crowd to sing along with the somber interludes of songs that contrast Finch’s explosive choruses.

The quite and modest singer that I had interviewed prior was now belting out passionate and precise tones along with violent incomprehensible screams. The entire band puts every amount of energy they can summon into there performances. No one in the crowd will leave feeling that they did not see or hear the absolute best that Finch had to offer “Playing live is like practice for us, and it feels like we just keep getting progressively better, I’m interested to hear what we are capable of next album.”

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Indie Music Spotlight

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Feb 272003
Authors: Casey Cisneros

If you are drawn to acoustic guitar driven music it’s time you check out Three Degree’s of Freedom. They come through with original songs with a laid-back feeling. These guys are making music the way they know how and are not trying to fit a particular musical nitch. They put it out there for who ever wants to listen.

The part of the music that I was really drawn in by were the two guitars in the band. The acoustic guitarist, I thought was very inventive with the different song rhythms. The lead guitarist has a very diverse style. He progresses from a rock feel to jazz to psychedelic and back again. He was very tasteful with the use of notes, never really pushing them to excess. When mixed together they make a powerful combination.

To Sleep: Perchance to Dream, the new album by Starless cannot easily be summarized. So I thought I

would start out by just throwing out some words that came to mind after listening to the album; fearless, experimental, industrial, emotional and original.

Starless does a lot with their album, which is admirable in a band. The lyrics really stand out and they are not straightforward or literal. Instead they paint a vivid picture of emotions and ideas, open for a lot of different interpretations.

The music doesn’t just conform to one particular style or genre. They let the music take on a life of it’s own with out worrying if it sounds good or if it is really “their style.”

The producer did a great job on this album.

All of the little details that were added into the mix, like the samples, elevated the level of the album.

I can only imagine what they bring to the stage in a live show.

After listening to Microphone in the Sugar Bowl, the new album from Soul Thieves in my car it had me singing along with the catchy summer time rock songs almost immediately.

The album is full of songs that won’t leave your head well after you are done listening. But this album should have a warning on the cover, it should read, caution strong love song content. For me sometimes it is a musical turn off when all a band sings about is the L word, but I’ll let these guys slide. They even go so far as to have a song that uses the phrase, “When will I stop writing love songs about you” for a chorus. That speaks pretty loudly about their lyrics.

If you don’t mind or have a soft spot for love songs go out and buy this album. The music is great. It is a well-produced and put together album. Michael St. James’s vocals are incredibly strong. The guitars are very catchy and the drums add a lot off accent to all of the music. Soul Thieves give off a fun musical aura.

Consider one band to set the mood the next time you are sitting at home getting high with your gold fish or thinking about having a ho – down in your back yard, Shanti Groove. That’s right, another jam band.

You ask what makes this jam band in particular stand out above all the other jam bands you’ve heard or seen live before? Well I’ll tell you, nothing. They have all of the same elements as every other jam band. One guitar player, one banjo player, one mandolin player, one bass player, a drummer and all together they sing


Don’t get me wrong these guys are very talented musicians that I’m sure are very good at the improv

jam. I like watching this kind of music live because they all really play the hell out of all their instruments and it’s a fun atmosphere.

The band Xiren (or seer-rin), is a high intensity band that blends hard rock with electronic music. I think they are the type of band that you either love or hate depending on musical tastes. One extreme or another there is no mediocre response to their music.

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Football schedule could be better

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Feb 272003
Authors: Jon Ackerman


In a perfect world, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant would have entered the NBA the same year, Michael Vick would demand to play in Denver and I would make the schedule for CSU’s football team.

That’s no slight to Athletic Director Jeffrey Hathaway, because I have no idea about the pains and strains he went through to put next year’s schedule together. I didn’t have to listen to the “big” schools refuse to come to Hughes Stadium in fear of losing to a non-BCS school. I wasn’t the one making calls to the “big” schools begging for them to let us just play at their place, as Virginia and UCLA were so kind to do so last year. California was the only school to give in.

Apparently the Rams played too well against those teams, and that puts us in a no-win situation. Rumor has it that CSU tried striking a deal with Kansas State, but I guess they’d rather throttle Louisiana-Monroe.

So here’s Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson telling us to schedule games against teams that are in contract with the BCS, but it looks as if they won’t play the Rams.

Next year’s schedule features the opening game in Denver against Colorado (Aug. 30), one non-conference game on the road (at Cal Sept. 6) and then four straight home games (Weber State Sept. 13, Miami of Ohio Sept. 20, Utah Sept. 27 and Fresno State Oct. 4). In conference, the Rams will go to Provo, Laramie, Albuquerque and Las Vegas.

If I had my way, the 2003 non-conference slate would go something like this:

Aug. 30 vs. CU in Denver – I have no complaints about this game. I say we keep this game in Denver for the next 10 years, but unfortunately, 2003 could be the last year.

Sept. 6 vs. Oregon State (instead of playing at California) – They should come here and see what they’re missing out on. The Beavers had a recently vacant head coaching position, and if Sonny Lubick would have wanted it, he likely could have taken it. And a lot of recruits end up choosing between Oregon State and CSU. This would be a chance to prove that everyone here made the right choice.

Sept. 13 vs. UCLA (instead of against Weber State, a Division I-AA school) – We played there last year, they come here this year. Plus, a couple CSU coaches recently moved to UCLA for a bigger contract and a higher-profile program. Not that that was a bad choice on their part, but it would just kill them for the team they left to beat the team they went to.

Sept. 20 at Oregon (instead of against Miami of Ohio) – While we knocking off these other Pac-10 schools, we might as well take out the Ducks as well. Our green and gold looks better than theirs.

Sept. 27 at Baylor (pushing the Utah game back in the season) – This game would be the equivalent of playing a Miami of Ohio, except that the Bears play in the Big XII. It’s all about wins over teams in the power conferences, so we might as well put these guys up there next to CU. We should replace them in the Big XII while we’re at it.

Oct. 4 at Kansas State (instead of against Fresno State) – Another Big XII team, and apparently afraid to play a team like CSU. Might as well prove them their feelings were justified.

Sure, it’s a little bold for a team that lost to UNLV last year, but the Rams might as well go big or go home. The BCS would definitely give props to this schedule: three Big XII teams, three Pac-10 teams, two at home, three on the road, one being neutral.

Oh well. Vick would never demand to play in Denver, either.

Jon is a senior journalism major and the Collegian sports editor.

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Ram Hockey wins first game at Nationals

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Feb 272003
Authors: Joelle Milholm

The CSU hockey team rolled over Indiana University at Pennsylvania 6-2 in its first game at the Division II Hockey National Tournament. The Rams dominated the game and out-shot IUP by 41 goals.

Braden Grieser gave the Rams an early lead and added another goal at the end of the first period to give CSU a 2-1 advantage. The second period was at the same fast pace and loaded with hard hits for both teams. IUP scored in the first minute to tie the game at two each, but the Rams were quick to get on top again on Tom Owens’ goal.

CSU killed a five-on-three penalty and played the rest of the game in IUP’s zone. Jason Bowers continued to build the Rams’ lead by scoring two goals and making the score 5-2 at the end of the second period.

Bowers completed a hat trick on a short-handed goal halfway through the third period and sealed CSU’s victory. Goalie Zach Young kept the puck out of the Ram net by stopping 24 of 26 shots.

“I thought that the teams played their systems well and stayed out of the box,” head coach Brian Sutton said. “This made the difference when IPU took bad penalties. It gave the team the chance to work the power play.”

The Rams also beat the University of Illinois 7-2 on Thursday and will play SUNY Stonybrook today to determine if they will advance to the semifinals.

CSU Lacrosse beats CU in overtime

In a game that was much closer than expected, CSU managed to pull off another victory on Saturday against the University of Colorado.

Going into the game the Rams held a No. 2 ranking, while CU was only ranked 14th in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Lacrosse League. The Buffaloes outplayed the Rams and took a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

CU added two more at the beginning of the second quarter, but then CSU got back on track and tied the game at five at halftime. The third period was slow for the Rams again as they only scored one goal compared to CU’s four.

The goals started falling in the Rams’ favor in the fourth period as the team came within one goal of CU with only two minutes left. Jimmy Hansson scored with 37 seconds left to tie the game at 11 and send it into overtime.

Kelton Johnson ended the game quickly by slamming the ball into the net and giving the Rams a 12-11 victory.

“Once we starting doing what we wanted to do we came back,” CSU goalie Alex Smith said. “It was gut-wrenching, but we got it done.”

Johnson tallied four goals against the Buffs, but Hansson was the real star, getting four goals and one assist in front of a huge home crowd.

“It was nice to play at home. These fans have been here all my four years,” Hansson said. “It was a big game today, but we couldn’t do it without the whole team.”

CSU has now beaten CU and Arizona in the spring season to give them a 2-0 record. CU dropped to 0-1. The team will travel to Colorado Springs on Saturday to face Colorado College.

Men’s Ultimate goes 3-1 in Colorado scrimmage

The CSU Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team looked sharp over the weekend as they tested their skills at scrimmage with seven fellow Colorado teams.

The Rams were unprepared for their first game and had to play all day without substitutions. Colorado College took advantage of CSU’s situation and won 9-5. The Rams came to life after playing CC and won the rest if their games.

The team then faced The Colorado School of Mines B-side and dominated, winning 11-2. They then pounded Air Force by the same score.

“Not having any subs and being able to crush these teams shows how hard we have been working and running everyday,” senior captain Mickey Thompson said.

CSU was then matched against CU for its final game of the day. Even though the team was tired, they got fired up to play. CSU came out strong and never let down, shutting the Buffaloes out with a 9-0 victory.

“Lots of smack talk and pure hatred fired us up,” Thompson said.

Donnie Ewton was the star of the game, coming down with some key catches and a huge assist to Nick Styles to finish CU off.

The Ram squad is now preparing for the High Tide Collegiate Session Tournament over spring break in Georgia. The five-day tournament will feature 20 teams, including Weslyan, Bucknell, Edinboro, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Florida State.

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Rams take their last stand at Moby

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Feb 272003
Authors: Jason Graziadei

Moby Arena has treated the CSU men’s basketball team well this season: The Rams have posted a 13-3 record when playing there.

The Rams will probably need that advantage Saturday at 3 p.m. when they take on UNLV, a team that handed CSU a 33-point defeat earlier this year in Las Vegas. That was the Rams’ worst loss in seven years.

“We’re definitely gonna come out better than last time. We were thinking we were untouchable a little bit, and that was a gut check,” Rams’ center Matt Nelson said. “The close games have been killing us. We want a better seed in the tournament, so these last four games are crucial. We definitely need to get these two at home.”

CSU plays San Diego State at 7 p.m. Monday.

That UNLV loss started a six-game skid that the Rams are still looking to end. But in five of those six defeats, CSU has lost by 10 or fewer points. And Saturday’s game could be CSU’s best chance to right the ship before starting the conference tournament. The Rams’ final three games of the season are against SDSU, Utah and Brigham Young, which are all ahead of CSU in the conference standings.

“I think we’ve played well in five of the last six games,” Rams’ head coach Dale Layer said. “It’s just frustrating that we haven’t been able to pull some of them out.”

In the Rams’ first encounter with the Rebels this season, the aforementioned 33-point dismantling in the desert, CSU could not handle UNLV’s Marcus Banks. The senior guard dropped 31 points on the Rams, shooting 10 of 14 from the field and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line. Two other UNLV players scored in double digits while the Rams shot 43 percent from the field to the Rebels 56 percent.

The Rams will continue to look to center Matt Nelson, who has become CSU’s most reliable scoring threat this season. Despite knee and ankle injuries that have severely limited Nelson’s practice time this year, the sophomore center from Chicago is leading the Rams with 16 points and six rebounds per game.

“I’m sure he (Nelson) won’t be voted first team all-league, but I haven’t seen a post-guy play better than he has,” Layer said. “He’s just unstoppable. There’s no question in my mind that he’s the best post-man on the floor most every game. And he hasn’t practiced in a month.”

Nelson continues to be CSU’s all-time leader in field goal percentage at 66.5 percent, which also leads the MWC and ranks him fifth in the nation on the year.

Another Ram approaching a milestone is forward Brian Greene who, at 1,119 career points, needs only 41 points to move into the ninth spot on CSU’s all-time scoring list.

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Battle with Cowgirls begins vital stretch for Rams

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Feb 272003
Authors: Reed Saunders

CSU women’s basketball coach Chris Denker has said it all along: This season is a marathon, not a sprint.

The final leg of the 2003 regular season begins tonight at Moby Arena when the Rams host the Wyoming Cowgirls. The game opens a three-game homestand for the Rams that will determine their seeding — and their momentum – for the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

Regardless of what kind of race is being run, several teams in the Mountain West are clumped in the middle of the pack, but all remain in the, well, running for a high seed.

“There’s about five teams that could all finish anywhere from second to sixth in conference,” head coach Chris Denker said. “It’s a pretty crazy race right now, but us being at home is a definite key. We have to take advantage of that situation.”

The Rams stand at 5-6 in conference play — alone in sixth position, but only a half game behind UNLV (5-5) for fifth and one game behind Wyoming (6-5) for fourth.

The race is wide open, but the road is still difficult. Though it’s playing at home, CSU will face three opponents that defeated the Rams on their home courts earlier this year.

“We need to take it one game at a time cause there’s no way we can overlook any one team,” said senior center Shannon Strecker. “The three that are coming in here all beat us, so we can’t say, ‘Just because we’re playing at home we’re going to win.’ It doesn’t happen that way.”

CSU does boast an impressive home-court advantage. The Rams are tied for the second-best home record in the conference at 11-1, compared to 3-10 on the road.

“We need confidence going into the conference tournament and I don’t think there’s anything better than getting to play these last three at home,” said senior forward Katie Borton. “We always play well here.”

The Rams will need to play a physical style of basketball to defeat the Cowgirls, who always come out aggressive. Such was the case on Feb. 1 in Laramie, when the Rams weren’t able to match Wyoming’s intensity and physical play in a 69-64 overtime loss.

“They were as physical as anybody we’ve faced,” Denker said. “They pushed us around a lot and our shots were poor and nobody was rebounding. They were killing us on the boards.”

Rebounding has been a problem for the Rams, who have only won the battle of the boards once in their last seven games.

“I don’t think you can run any more rebounding drills than we’ve run this week,” Denker said.

Strecker, who fouled out of the Rams’ first meeting with the Cowgirls, will be a key if CSU is to hang with Wyoming’s physical style of play. Strecker leads the Rams with an average of 5.2 rebounds per game.

“We saw in tape of the New Mexico game that nobody was crashing the boards, so we’ve made it a focus in practice all week,” Strecker said. “We have to continue to make a concerted effort to go to the boards and be physical.”

Another key will be stopping Wyoming guard Ashley Elliot. The sophomore lit up the Rams in Laramie, leading all players with 24 points, including four three-pointers.

“She was one of the players we just couldn’t find last time in our zone defense,” Borton said. “She did a great job up there and we’re going to have to stop her to win the game.”

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GPA requirement isn’t fair

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Feb 272003

To the Editor:

This letter is in response the Feb. 27 Our View, “GPA requirement would be appropriate.” In this article it stated, “wouldn’t the individuals GPA be reflective of his/her ability to manage … workload?”

To this I can only say, no. No, a persons GPA is not reflective of one’s ability to manage a workload. What a GPA is reflective of is a persons collective grades on tests, papers, lab assignments, etc… What a GPA does not reflect is a person’s intelligence, it does not represent any personal issues (i.e. the death of a loved one), which may contribute to a poor semester or year grades wise.

But more importantly, it most certainly does not reflect the type of leader a person may be. I know several people whom I, and others, consider to be very intelligent, but who at the same time have a low GPA.

Some people just do not test well, some people just do not have the motivation to work themselves to the bone, all so they can get an “B” in a university required subject in which the person in question has absolutely no interest. What I am trying to say, is that to prevent a person who may be a perfect fit to lead our student body here at CSU from even running for office, just because of a number, is in my mind absurd.

If grades really are an issue, let the students raise the issue during a candidates campaign. Let the students choose to not elect a person, because they feel the person is unqualified.

Apathy is one of CSU’s biggest problems, and there are normally a very small number of qualified candidates who run for the most important student body position. By passing this resolution, all ASCSU is making it harder for those who might be interested in being president or vice president, from running.

All this does is limit the number of potential choices we students may have for our future leaders. Why only have two candidates for president, and therefore only two points of view on how our campus should be run, when we can have five or 10?

Aaron Reichenberger

Senior Political Science

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ASCSU is being unfair

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Feb 272003

To the Editor:

I am writing in regards to experiences I’ve had while attempting to run for ASCSU Vice President. Over the past three weeks ASCSU has passed legislation raising the minimum GPA requirement for President and Vice President from 2.0 to 2.25. While I do not feel personally victimized by the Senate’s decision to pass this legislation, I do feel victimized by the manner in which the legislation was passed.

I blame no one but myself for my grades, nor do I blame the Senators of ASCSU for voicing their opinions and voting in favor of the legislation.

I do, however, believe I was victimized by individuals in ASCSU who not only brought up this legislation at a questionable time but also bent the rules of due process to benefit their cause in an appeals hearing set for Thursday.

The passage of a constitutional amendment on Wednesday is especially suspect. An amendment requires two separate votes in two separate sessions to adopt, and if a special session is needed, it must be advertised and given two weeks’ notice before occurring.

Neither of these happened and the amendment was passed with two votes held in the same night, with the special session being called at the end of the first meeting. If this vote took place next week, I could have made my appeal (and possibly won for the second time) and challenged the amendment separately. This passage of the amendment Wednesday night not only makes my challenge of previous legislation more difficult, but also gives the opposition the opportunity to use the amendment against me before I can appeal.

As a result, my appeal has been damaged to the point where I could win on the grounds of the legislation’s timing, but if I win and go on to win the election, I would not be allowed to take office. By a bending of the rules, I have been unfairly and unjustly knocked out of this race not by the passing of GPA legislation, but by the manner in which it was passed. Any democratic organization possesses rules of due process for a reason, and certain members of ASCSU circumvented their own rules and regulations to serve a narrowed interest.

Every student attending this university pays fees to ASCSU, and the decision they make affect all students. If any student feels that members of ASCSU have made a mistake, I encourage them to go to the ASCSU office and make their opinion known.

Joseph B. Marshall, IV

President, Sigma Chi Fraternity

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Goodbye, Mister Rogers

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Feb 272003
Authors: the Collegian Editorial Board

It’s a sad day in the neighborhood.

Our generation grew up watching “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and in a way, Fred Rogers’ death comes at a time when our generation is facing a turning point. As we gear up for (potentially) the first war any of us will be involved in directly, the man who taught us tolerance and love during our formative years has died.

Mr. Rogers died early Thursday morning of stomach cancer that was diagnosed sometime over the holidays, said family spokesman David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely on the show. He was 74 years old.

Mr. Rogers taught us to love ourselves and to love one another, a message that might not hurt the current administration to remember as we gear up to fight a war where both sides are reacting to what they see as a lack of tolerance and love.

As we are now faced with the possibility of violence and death in the Middle East, we can no longer return to those days when Mr. Rogers could ease our biggest fear of going down the drain of the bathtub.

During the Persian Gulf War, Rogers assured our generation that no matter what, all the children would be protected and loved, “in times of war and in times of peace.”

Well, today we’re no longer children, and nobody can assure us that we will be protected from planes crashing into buildings, bioweapons or being shipped off to fight a war in Iraq. Today let’s take all take a moment to remember the safety we were promised in our childhood and the tolerance for all people Mr. Rogers taught us.

Won’t you be our neighbor?

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