Spring drills begin for football

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Mar 312003
 
Authors: Jason Graziadei

With the practice fields finally cleared of the white stuff, the CSU football team will begin its spring workouts today. And according to head coach Sonny Lubick, the team is ready for the 15-practice gauntlet leading up to the Green vs. Gold game on April 26.

“This might have been our best winter workouts ever, so we’re ready,” Lubick said. “Their attitudes are in the right place and the most important thing is to get them coming out with energy.”

The Rams’ first action since the Liberty Bowl in December will commence at 3:30 today, and the team will practice Wednesday and Thursday at the same time, with the weekend practices to be announced. Because the start of practices was postponed from last Friday due to the snow on the fields, Lubick said the team may be forced to practice a few more times per week than he had scheduled in order to get all 15 practices in.

With 16 starters returning from last season, including Bradlee Van Pelt, who was the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, and three new coaches thrown into the mix, the spring practices will give the team a chance to adjust to the new faces and new assignments.

The Rams’ coaches will surely have their eyes on newcomer Marcus Houston, who will take his first reps as a Ram since transferring from Colorado last semester.

“That will be good to see him out there to see what he can do,” Lubick said. “It will be entertaining to see if we can get him on the field next season.”

The NCAA requires that student-athletes who transfer to a new school must sit out a year before being eligible to play, but Houston is currently challenging his eligibility status.

Among the things that will be addressed by the team this spring include finding a punter to replace Joey Huber, a running back to fill the huge void left by Cecil Sapp, and finding out how the players will react to the three new coaches.

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Tennis team comes up short in Las Vegas

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Mar 312003
 
Authors: Luke Cornish

Lady Luck was not on the CSU tennis team’s side when it opened up Mountain West Conference play in Las Vegas over the weekend. The team lost to both No. 24 UNLV and No. 32 San Diego State by scores of 5-2 to move to 4-5 on the season.

Although the results aren’t as good as he had hoped for, head coach Jon Messick saw many positives from the outcome of the matches.

“These are the two best teams that we will play all year,” Messick said. “As young as our team is, we stepped up and beat UNLV at the No. 1 position.”

The CSU player that beat the Rebels’ top player, Gyorgyi Zsiros, is Sanja Hansson, arguably the best player in CSU’s history and currently fourth on the all-time singles wins list with 68. She will move up to No. 3 with her next victory.

Hansson defeated her foe in a tie breaker after they split the first two sets. After winning the first set by a convincing 6-3 margin, Hansson went up 2-0 in the second set.

“I was up 2-0 but then she came back and took that set,” Hansson said. “She was playing better and I lost my concentration but I managed to pull through for the victory. I’m playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

Hansson’s victory coupled with a win at the No. 5 position by freshman Carla Pallares marked the only singles wins for CSU against the home team. Hansson also paired up with sophomore Dasha Zhurin to take the win from the Rebels’ No. 1 doubles team.

Before the conference matches, Zhurin was on a seven-game win streak in singles competition, but that came to an end at the hands of San Diego State’s Lindsey Hedberg when she lost in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

“I’ve never had such a long winning streak before, especially in the college game,” Zhurin said. “The competition was a little bit tougher than our other matches and it was hard to play outside after playing inside for so long.”

Zhurin is now going to work on keeping up her physical condition and trying to regain her focus so that she can string together another winning streak. She noted that it’s never a good feeling to lose but that she is going to learn from the loss and see what needs to be worked on in her game to become a better player.

Overall, Messick thinks this team is further along than the team he coached last year, even though last year’s team had much more experience than this one.

“(Last weekend) shows that we have the talent but not quite the experience yet,” Messick said. “I’m pleased with where we are and I think that we’re only going to get better.”

The Rams will now face in-state rival Colorado when they travel to Boulder today. The Buffaloes are currently ranked No. 36.

“They’re always a tough team and they’re in a tough conference,” Messick said. “They’re ranked No. 36 but they are still only ninth in the Big 12.”

A win against the ranked Buffs would give CSU a chance at becoming nationally ranked, but perhaps more importantly, it would give the players confidence to finish out conference play and vie for a high seed in the Mountain West Tournament at the end of the season.

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Schneider’s column unfair

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Mar 312003
 
Authors:

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to David Schneider’s Monday opinion column entitled, “ASCSU Elections: Your vote counts.” Publish in Monday’s edition, I feel this column painted an uninformed and unfair pictured of my campaign for ASCSU Vice President.

Schneider said in his column how he had met with and listened to all of the candidates. Neither Brendan Burns nor I ever met with and talked to him. We had one brief conversation over the phone, and then only to clarify what we would be sending him via e-mail. At this time (March 28) we did try to set up an interview before the story’s deadline (March 30), but he told us he would be out of town Saturday and did not have time.

Schneider also mentioned in his column how the ideas in our platform lacked “tangibility or usefulness.” How is the idea of setting up a program giving free, safe, and sober rides home to CSU students useless? What isn’t tangible about getting a tiny amount of funding to plant a tree in the name of a deceased student? Brendan and I purposely built our platform on ideas that can be accomplished during next year’s term and actively campaign on the fact that almost all of our ideas can easily be accomplished.

If David Schneider does not want to consider us front-runners in the election, that is his right as a member of the free press. He should, however, take the time to present a more balanced view of this election.

We would like to be considered as the election’s proverbial “dark horse.” The race is on.

Joseph B. Marshall, IV

ASCSU Vice Presidential Candidate

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War against Iraq is just

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Mar 312003
 
Authors:

To the Editor:

As a foreign student from Uganda attending CSU, I want to share some views with the Americans who oppose the war effort to remove Saddam Hussein and disarm Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

I support the United States-led effort to rid the long-suffering Iraqi people of this dictator, and the effort to destroy the chemical and biological weapons that Saddam has produced in violation of UN resolutions.

You might ask why I write these thoughts?

Because unlike most Americans who enjoy living in the peace and comfort of the United States, I am from Africa. This means I have witnessed first-hand the many African tyrants who brutalized their own citizens and threatened their neighbors. Such tyrants should not be allowed to kill and torture their own people. In many instances, like Saddam in Iraq, the only way to remove the dictators, and the secret police and military that support them, is by force of arms from the international community.

Of course this war will bring death and maiming. It always does. However, the strength and technical capabilities of the American and coalition forces are so advanced that the war should be over quickly.

Due to the ferocity of the U.S.’ air and ground attack, there will be more Iraqi soldiers and supporters of Saddam’s regime killed than Americans, coalition troops and innocent Iraqi civilians.

But the point to be made is that the Iraqi casualties will be well worth the price because the final result will be the removal of Saddam and his tyrannical henchmen who, over the years, have killed and maimed far more Iraqis and Muslims than the coalition forces could possibly kill in this war.

Saddam’s removal will set a precedent. Hopefully, the Americans and its allies will consider removing other tyrants and dictators who bring so much misery to the people so unfortunate to live under their iron rule.

In this way, America can once again be seen around the world as the true savior of civilized human beings.

Robert Serunjogi

Freshman Political Science

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BALDWIN: A United Front Is A Dangerous Front

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Mar 312003
 
Authors: Shannon Baldwin

Question Authority!

You’ve all seen that bumper sticker, espousing a feisty sentiment of youthful rebellion. Ironically enough, it is more likely that the people who would actually express true resistance to the powers of culture and government are the least likely to purchase the sticker and perpetuate the system of production and consumption.

It seems that for many, the idea of questioning authority is just another trend, which quickly dissipates when something real actually comes to the surface. Before we actually officially began this campaign into Iraq, polls (mind you, they are highly subjective reflections of actual sentiments anyway), seemed to indicate that the country was neatly divided on the ethics and legitimacy of going to war.

Yet, when the gauntlet was actually thrown down and we officially invaded (did anybody actually believe that the present administration was seriously considering any other alternatives?), it would seem that the majority swung around and rallied round the flag under a solution of “supporting our troops”, “freedom for the Iraqi people” (and if we have to break a few innocent civilians’ heads to do it, well then, by God, that’s what we have to do!) and “defense against terrorism.”

No one wants war, naturally. But to hear how that tired idiom is bantered around, and usually right before an address into why we are at war, it turns into just another meaningless phrase. If no one truly wanted war, then we wouldn’t be at war.

Without getting into a debate about whether America (by virtue of itself) actually deserves anything, I am amazed that people actually buy the propaganda that unseating Saddam’s regime in Iraq will somehow make America terrorist-free. It is an interesting thing to go outside the American media circle to find what other countries – not just other Arabic countries – are printing about this war and saying about the so-called “strength of character and heroism” of America. Terrorism is bred by hatred and a deep-seated desire to lash out against a perceived repression.

Search the Internet to find what seeds we are sowing with our “need to defend freedom around the world.” You may also be interested to note the stories coming out of the war that the American media doesn’t like to mention. Remember the extremely brief mentioning of the bombing of the Baghdad marketplace resulting in more than 50 civilian deaths? Iraq accuses the United States and Britain; we are “still investigating.” Don’t really remember hearing about that? Of course not, but let’s hear it for the running American death toll that we are keeping for ourselves. Because only our blood spilt really means anything.

What really makes my blood curdle is the gung-ho call to support our leaders without question. So many images of sheep come to mind that I can almost taste the mint jelly. But maybe it’s no one’s fault of all those bandwagon doves who grew talons the second our boys in uniform officially touched Iraqi sand. Maybe they are just pawns in a bigger political game.

Hermann Goering, a Nazi leader at the Nuremberg trials in 1946, put it best when he said, “Naturally, the common people don’t want war… But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship… Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.”

D/j/ vu, anyone?

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WHEELAND: The non-us war

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Mar 312003
 
Authors: Ashley Wheeland

By

“A choice location. The snow-capped Rockies, visible from campus, provide inspiration and the best possible location for a university: Colorado State University – a place for you.” Here is the picture of Colorado State University according to our Web site.

Eighty-nine percent of us are white. Fifty-two percent of us are women. Ninety-five percent of us are under 30. Around 65 percent of us finish our undergraduate degrees. What we all have in common is we are able to go to college. This was one of the choices afforded to us, whether it was through scholarships, loans or our parents helping us through. We are predominantly white and come from families of the middle and middle-upper class.

The people that have joined the military are a very different picture. Twenty-one percent of the military is African American, while only 12 percent of the United States’ population is African American. Of women in the military, 35 percent of them are African American. In the last decade, the number of Latinos that have joined the military grew by 30 percent.

The military make-up does not represent society as far as class also. Previous studies show that the middle and upper-middle classes join the military at a much lower rate. They also become officers at much higher rates. Only one U.S. Senator has a son serving in the military.

It has been suggested by some in Congress that the United States consider a draft. But in an environment where there is a division between who goes to college and who chooses to join the military, a draft is hard to conceive. Would it be like the Vietnam War, where so many people of different races died? Would it force every man to serve for a certain amount of years, like many other countries? How would women be part of it, since they are becoming more and more present in the military itself? In reality, the likelihood of the government enforcing a draft is slim. The political repercussions are too high.

The main issue I wrestle with when I think about war and the military is the disparity between class and race within the institution. A recent study found that Latinos are much more likely to serve in combat positions or labor within the military. Whites are more likely to be airplane pilots and officers. African Americans are more likely to be in administrative positions. Not much different than Vietnam.

We have started seeing deaths of our own soldiers. The pictures pierce us. They force us to question who is dying, where they are from, and how their roles in our society will affect the rest of us.

For some of us, those of us that chose to join the military and pursue college, the effect of war is strong. For others of us that have middle-class parents who never went to Vietnam, who never had to think about options such as the military, who will go to work in a safe job, the effect may not penetrate our thoughts.

As more young men and women die from suicide bombs and war, I want to know why they died and who they were. Joining the military may help many out of the poverty and danger of life on the streets. But it may also be a dangerous and unfair option. All of here is this picture perfect place have to remember that for some people the “choice picture” is not an option. It is the picture that we are now seeing on TV that was their option.

A note: We all lost a mentor and friend in Dr. David Allen. I want to take a minute as a political science graduate and a member of the graduate program to remember him. He challenged me and made me a stronger person. He expected the most out of all of his students, and because of this he got it. He will be missed and forever remembered by many students and faculty.

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Shooting involved alcohol

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Mar 312003
 
Authors: Patrick Crossland

Fort Collins Police Services are investigating the shooting of 20-year-old Kristopher Mason, which occurred after midnight on Friday at an apartment located at 811 East Prospect Road.

According to the police report, a 21-year-old male made a 911 call reporting a shooting had occurred at his apartment.

An investigation revealed the two had consumed alcohol earlier in the evening and had returned to the apartment when the victim asked to see a handgun, which had been purchased a week earlier. After having removed the magazine and checking the chamber for bullets the gun was handed over to the victim.

Upon its return, the gun was reloaded. While showing the victim how to draw the weapon and select a target the gun was discharged, striking the victim in the head. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.

Potential charges may include manslaughter, a Class 4 Felony. The case will be presented in court on April 3, in Courtroom 3A.

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Turnout For Taylor: Alcohol Awareness

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Mar 312003
 
Authors: Kristy Fenton

Taylor Webster was ten days shy of boot camp to become a U.S. Marine and jokes circulated among his friends that his constant smiling wouldn’t be tolerated in the military.

The Webster family home backs up to Fort Collins High School, in a manicured neighborhood filled with the sounds of kids playing and dogs barking, but the people there have missed a good friend, brother and son for almost a year.

Taylor died of alcohol poisoning on April 10, 2002, at the age of 19. He had moved out of his family home and was attending the Fire Science Program at Aims Community College. He dreamed of becoming a firefighter and a Marine.

“Taylor always wanted to do everything for himself,” said Sally Webster, Taylor’s mother, as she glanced at one of the many pictures of him displayed throughout her home. “We told him we’d pay for his college education, but he wanted to be able to do it himself by joining the Marines.”

The night of his death, Taylor and his mother discussed that dream of becoming a Marine, which upset her at the time. After talking to his mom he went to work at the Outback Steakhouse. When he got home a friend had purchased a bottle of vodka and Taylor and his friends began to take shots. Taylor passed out and was left to sleep it off. His friends went upstairs to watch a movie.

Alcohol myths, like the belief that a person who consumes too many alcoholic drinks can become sobered up with coffee, food or a trip to the toilet, can be dangerous and are not true, said Jessica Webster, Taylor’s sister.

Her advice: Never leave an intoxicated person alone.

After Taylor’s death, his sister Jessica created T-DUB, an alcohol awareness organization and Web site, www.t-dub.org, and has kept busy combating alcohol myths in Fort Collins.

The police report stated that Taylor consumed six to ten shots, but everyone who was with Taylor that night seemed to have a different idea of how much he drank. He was found in the morning by his best friend, who called 911 and performed CPR in an attempt to revive him.

Alcohol is a depressant, and the body’s organs are slowed down and can eventually stop working if a person has had too much to drink, Sally said.

CSU has between 80 and 90 liquor outlets within a one-mile radius of campus, alcohol sponsorship of sports and a campus pub.

“Alcohol is part of our culture and it gets emphasized to us over and over,” said Pam McCracken, director of University Health Services.

Most students are moderate, responsible drinkers, McCracken said. Moderate is defined as consuming 0-4 drinks a week.

“CSU offers really good resources for students who need some support. When you’re in the real world someone like your boss may not be so supportive and treatment will be more expensive and may not be as confidential,” McCracken said.

CSU residence hall front desks are now staffed 24 hours a day. Those persons working the desk are instructed to leave an intoxicated student with a friend or a resident assistant, rather than leaving him or her alone. The policy has caused an increase in the number of students going to detox or Poudre Valley Hospital.

The front-desk staff contacts students’ parents at the moment the student is taken to detox or the hospital, no matter what time it is. A new university policy will mandate a $175 clean-up fee for student vomit.

“Usually when someone goes to detox, we have very few repetitive offenses,” McCracken said. “Most students I’ve talked to who’ve gone through that experience have either stopped drinking all together or cut down dramatically.”

The ‘it’s not going to happen to me attitude’ is extremely prevalent among students, McCracken said. Experience and maturation tends to make students more aware of what can really happen, she said.

Talking about Taylor and the dangers of alcohol poisoning has been a successful healing method for his family.

A long time ago a person grieving the death of a loved one would wear black and people from the community would approach them to talk about it, Sally said. It is difficult to grieve in today’s fast-paced regular routine society where nobody wants to discuss death, she said.

OUTBOX

April is National Alcohol Awareness month. Sally and Jessica Webster will be at the CSU Student Center Plaza on April 10 for Turnout For Taylor and the National Alcohol Screening Day.

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Advisory Committee ready to present candidates to Board of Governors

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Mar 312003
 
Authors: Collegian Staff

Applications have been read and applicants interviewed, so the next step for the Presidential Advisory Committee is to discuss which applicants will be sent to the Board of Governors of the CSU System.

The advisory committee will meet on Friday, when they will decide which candidates will be presented to the board.

The committee has reviewed applications for the position through small sub-groups, where they conducted the preliminary interviews. The meeting Friday will bring the whole committee together to review the information gathered in the sub-groups. They will put together their recommendations for the Board of Governors.

Once their recommendations are sent to the Board of Governors, those applicants will have reached the final selection for the position of president of CSU.

It is up to the Board of Governors to announce the finalists for the position.

After the finalists are selected, the next step will be to schedule a campus visit. The board has yet to announce how many finalists will be scheduled to visit CSU.

“The Board of Governors set a timeline to have a leader in place by the summer. The depth of quality of this pool leads me to believe that we will be able to meet the timeline and fill the position with a top-quality individual,” said Donald Hamstra, vice president of the board and chairman of the search advisory committee.

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CSU proposes solutions to budget crises

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Mar 312003
 
Authors: Christopher J. Ortiz

Colorado State is eliminating 160 positions, cutting merit scholarships by half and proposing a 10 percent tuition increase all in effort to meet the state’s budget cut demands.

The university announced earlier this year it would have to make some cuts responding to budget pressure, but did not give specific numbers or details.

In a letter to the university community CSU President Albert C. Yates addressed what areas were going to be affected by position eliminations.

Those areas include custodial services, landscaping and facilities project management, among other departments.

In effort to cut nearly $29 million, the university is also reducing support for university events, cutbacks in institutional publications, reorganization of central academic and administrative computing, reductions in staff support for advising undeclared majors, reduction in sports team budgets, and reductions in support for instructional and classroom technology.

The result students can expect from these reductions is an increase in class size and course availability.

“I am not aware when a state made reductions of 27 percent in one year, its enormous. It the context of cuts, these are our best judgments,” said Gerry Bomotti, vice president for administration.

The university is also planning to hire more part-time faculty to fill in course schedules without hiring permanent faculty, said CSU Provost/Academic Vice President Peter Nicholls. He also said administrative support, which is already thin, will get thinner.

CSU will see a slight increase in incoming freshmen next fall, probably around 2 percent, Nicholls said, less than the 3.1 percent increase this year from last year.

“Clearly when you have an increase in tuition and a decrease in aid, it has a negative impact. It’s something we regret, but bear in mind what is happening to higher education. We are trying to absorb these cuts and maintain the quality of higher education,” Nicholls said.

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